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Old 11-06-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a very small beadboard cottage from about 1915 or so. Most of the wiring in the attic is knob and tube with old spliced wires in various spots. Everything is very accessible with cleats over the joists. We have old insulation which has been covering the wires which I've mostly pulled up and out of their way once I realized it was a fire hazard. It seems that the knob and tube is routed into the original fuse box which is now being used as a junction box to connect to the new breaker box which appears to have been installed in 1992. My question is, does it make any sense to replace the old knob and tube and hook the new wires back up in the junction box? Or should they just be sent straight to the new breaker box. I was thinking I could run all the new wires myself, temporarily attach them back at the junction box leaving plenty of slack, then have an electrician come to hook them up to the new (circa 1992) panel.

I hope this makes any sense at all, thank you in advance for any advice.



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Old 11-06-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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Skip the junction box and route the new cables into the new panel.

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Thanks Jim, I don't want to deal with the main panel myself, so I'm wondering where to leave the wires for hooking up. Do you know if this is something most electricians would be ok with? Do you think they would need to inspect everything before and after?
I'm just thinking all the cable running will be dirty unpleasant work but something I can do myself. Not sure the right way to approach it though.
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Yes it needs to be inspected.
Consult an electrician BEFORE you run the cable. Let him/her tell you where to leave the cables and how long to leave them. Some electricians will not do only part of a job so find one before you start.
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One question; is that Federal panel the one I've read about being a fire hazard?
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No, it was a fuse panel.
The FPE panel you have read about is a FPE breaker panel with Stab-lok breakers.
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One question; is that Federal panel the one I've read about being a fire hazard?

You have a SQUARE D panel anyway ....LOL
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connecting the wires in the breaker box is the easy part.
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Don't even waste your time, just hire someone and get r' done…
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No licensed electrician I know is going to just do the final connections.
He can loose his license, your house could burn down someone could be killed if it's wired wrong.
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No licensed electrician I know is going to just do the final connections.
He can loose his license, your house could burn down someone could be killed if it's wired wrong.
I know plenty that would do final connections, if you do the wire pull under their guidance. There are a lot of guys and gals out there, that will come in, show you how to do this stuff, then come back and do an inspection before the final connections are made, so that if you are required to pull permits for wiring, you are not going through a lot of back and forth with the AHJ.

My area just happens to be one that the homeowner can do the work on their own, no permits required, but you are required to do the work under the local guidelines, which are the same as spelled out in the NEC, along with done in a professional manner.

The problem is, that you run into a lot of hack jobs in my area, that in turn makes electricians money to fix these jobs, or giving a Honey-Do for those who have the know how do it their ownself.

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