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Old 11-15-2007, 11:31 AM   #1
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Old Wiring!!

My husband and I bought our first house in June. It's a cute house but as the days go by I notice things I am unhappy with. We knew when we bought the house that It had old wiring. I didn't know old wiring would cause so many power trips and stuff. So I have a few Questions:

1, Is there anything to do to prevent power trips from happening. We get power trips whenever there are several items plugged in at once (but not in the same rooms).
2. We are wanting to have christmas decorations out this year and a lot of them require electricity. So is there anything we can do to prevent power trips while having those things plugged in.

I apologize if my questions don't make sense. I am new at these kinds of things and was wondering if anyone had any solutions. Thanks so much for your time!!!


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Old 11-15-2007, 11:40 AM   #2
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Its not that the wiring is old, it's that you are putting more on an individual circuit than it can handle. You'll need to figure out how many circuits you have, what amperage they are rated for and what loads you have on each of them.

Depending on how much power you use and your electric service you may just need to distribute the load better, or you might be able to add more circuits to the existing box or by adding a subpanel or you might need to upgrade your entire service to a higher amperage.

You should have an electrician look at what you have and discuss with hime what you would like to be able to do.

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Old 11-15-2007, 11:44 AM   #3
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You didn't say how old, old is, but as stated above older houses were not wire for the expected usage we have today.
I have more power in my kitchen, than my granddad had in his whole house!
The first thing you need to is map your circuits so you know what breaker controls what.
Then you may be able to divide some circuits and add others.
If you are not comfortable doing this, then you need to hire an electrician.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:00 PM   #4
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I didn't know old wiring would cause so many power trips and stuff.
Old wire doesn't do that. It's usually an inflated sense of self-importance.

Just remember that the fuses are designed to protect the wiring, not personnel. Many times in older homes you need to run new circuits to areas like the kitchen. It's just a question of loads and how they are distributed. Good advice to seek an electrician's help for areas you are not comfortable dealing with. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:56 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by goose134 View Post
Old wire doesn't do that. It's usually an inflated sense of self-importance.
Now that is truly funny right there!
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