Knob And Tube Wiring Replacement
Knob and tube wiring replacement is a crucial step toward ensuring electrical safety in older homes. This outdated wiring system, commonly found in houses built before the 1950s, poses significant risks due to its lack of grounding and insulation. Upgrading to modern wiring is essential for preventing electrical fires, improving energy efficiency, and accommodating the electrical demands of today’s technology. By replacing knob and tube wiring with safer alternatives, homeowners can enjoy peace of mind, reduced maintenance costs, and a more reliable electrical system that meets current safety standards. Professional electricians like Langstaff and Sloan Inc should be consulted for a safe and efficient replacement process.
Knob and tube wiring removal has been our specialty since 1996. One of our strengths is in taking ownership of the patching required to repair the holes made by the rewiring. This makes our holes more “patching friendly.” We always aim to complete projects with efficiency and treat your residence as a home and not just a job site.
We start the process with a written, detailed quotation. This has the itemized list of individual costs for your consideration. We always take the time to help you make the right choices.
Knob and Tube Rewiring Services in Toronto
When choosing Langstaff and Sloan Inc for your aluminum knob and tube rewiring needs, we are committed to:
- Being accessible by phone during business hours to schedule an appointment for a quotation
- Arriving on time for the quotation
- Providing a written and detailed quote
- Scheduling a specific start and finish date
- Dispatching a sufficient team to complete the project on time
- Arranging daily communication with our crew leaders
- Handling all arrangements with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and your Local Distribution Company (LDC)
- Walking you through your entire home to ensure your satisfaction
- Treating you and your home with respect and courtesy
- Encourage you to provide honest feedback for our constant improvement
Why are Knob and Tube Wiring Dangerous?
Knob and tube were used from the 1880s through the 1940s. If your home is running on this outdated technology, it means your wiring system is from the WWII era at the latest. The difference in electricity consumption from that time to today poses a threat to your home. If you have these installed, chances are these are overloaded and may cause electrical fires.
Insulation is typically installed over knob and tube wiring. That increases the chances for a fire to break out. The extra layer of rubber cloth insulation leaves little space for heat to dissipate. There could be build up when current is flowing through the wires. This can potentially be hazardous and can lead to serious issues with your knob and tube wiring.
A lot of issues with knobs and tubes are due to DIY fixes or an unauthorized handyman. The old wiring system makes it a challenge to find available parts. This often leads to improper solutions and alterations.
Absence of Ground Wire
The absence of ground wire makes the aluminum knob and tube wiring unsafe for modern, three-pronged appliances and devices. This can lead to danger and increase the chances of fire.
Does Not Do Well with Moisture
The aluminum knob and tube wiring are not suitable for moist environments. Exposing it to wet areas can be dangerous, with the possibility of shocking anyone nearby.
Aluminum Knob and Tube Rewiring Experts in Toronto
Looking for a trusted electrical contractor in Ontario? Langstaff and Sloan Inc have years of experience serving areas in the GTA. We guarantee high-quality service that can ensure your home’s safety.
Our team of experienced professionals specializes in upgrading outdated aluminum knob and tube electrical systems to modern, safe alternatives. With our expertise, we ensure that your home or business is equipped with reliable and efficient wiring, meeting all necessary safety codes. We take pride in our attention to detail, timely service, and competitive pricing. Trust our experts to handle your rewiring needs and provide you with peace of mind.
Contact us today and let our licensed electricians take care of your aluminum knob and tube rewiring needs!
1. What is “Knob and Tube” type wiring?
This is the first generation of wiring in Canada. Shortly after the end of WWII, it was abandoned for “Two conductor/Cloth covered” type wiring. Click here to see the photos. As you can see, this type of wiring uses ceramic knobs to support individual wires running along the wooden beams, and ceramic tubes to pass through wooden beams. The connections are done by splicing, soldering, and taping. This is usually well done, however not very accessible for any future repairs/alterations.
2. Why is it unsafe?
There is no ground wire. This presents a shock hazard and could lead to an electrical fire. It has no temperature rating. This is why the wires above ceiling-mounted fixtures are so commonly compromised. It is a free-air wiring system and was never meant to be covered by insulation.