I am not professionally trained, and strongly suggest each person do their own independent research before tackling any electrical home improvement projects.
Now, my house was built in 1920 and has been in my family for three generations.
After doing lots of research, I felt that I had a pretty solid sense of what I could expect.
Voltage Detector; Voltage Tester, Wire Stripper/Cutter, Electrical Tape; Safety Glasses; Philip’s Head & Flathead Screwdrivers The first step was to cut the power to the entire house.
The electrician charged 00 to upgrade the panel from a 100 amp to a 200 amp.
*Please Note* This post is just to share my experience with knob and tube electrical.
(Photo: Jon Crispin) Computers, blenders, TVs, even refrigerators—none of these existed when many historic homes were built and first wired.
So upgrading electrical systems is an essential task for a lot of old houses.
It works fine if it's in good condition, but if it's buried in insulation while still being used, it becomes a fire hazard.
After disconnecting the power, an electrician will check all circuit boxes, switches, receptacles, and light fixtures to look for live knob-and-tube circuits.