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Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
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Hi everyone,I live in New York State and haven't been able to find good information on whether or not we can get our house insulated.  I've searched the forums and internet, so please excuse me if…Continue

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Mar 29, 2014
Ethan Bodnaruk replied to Ethan Bodnaruk's discussion Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
"That is very true!  We had a residential energy efficiency contractor come in (same people who found the K&T then turned tail and ran!) and it seemed like they took more of a "cookie cutter" approach.  They wanted to do wall…"
Mar 29, 2014
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Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring

Hi everyone,I live in New York State and haven't been able to find good information on whether or not we can get our house insulated.  I've searched the forums and internet, so please excuse me if I'm missing something obvious.  We have a 1929 house, but the trick is that we don't have the original K&T wiring.  The electrical system was updated a few decades ago (100 amp) and from what I understand, we have new wiring but have some junction boxes in the wall that still have some K&T.…See More
Mar 10, 2014
Ed Voytovich replied to Ethan Bodnaruk's discussion Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
"Ethan . . . insulation is only the half of it:  it's especially important to do a good job of air sealing. If your wood burning stove takes its combustion air from inside the house, infiltration from inadequately air sealed details will…"
Mar 9, 2014
Ethan Bodnaruk replied to Ethan Bodnaruk's discussion Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
"Thanks everyone.  It does seem like K&T unfairly gets a bad rap for safety, when alterations or overuse can be causes of fire but not normally functioning K&T.   We got a wood stove this season and it does a fair job heating the…"
Mar 9, 2014
Jim Baerg replied to Ethan Bodnaruk's discussion Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
"I did a Web search on this recently; NEC prohibits covering K&T with insulation.  Must maintain a 3" air gap.  Some states, under the auspices of Bonneville Power, have amended that rule;  Calif, OR, WA, ID and also Nebraska.…"
Mar 6, 2014
Ed Voytovich replied to Ethan Bodnaruk's discussion Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
" Ethan . . . 1929 is pretty late for knob and tube in new construction; it would be possible for a home inspector or even some electricians who are not experienced in homes of this vintage to mistake the heavy fabric jacketing on some types of…"
Mar 6, 2014
Ethan Bodnaruk replied to Ethan Bodnaruk's discussion Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
"Hi Bud, Thanks for the info.  Unfortunately, our home inspector did not talk about K&T much, other than pointing out a couple places in the basement and attic where there was exposed K&T and pointing out that our electrical service had…"
Mar 5, 2014
Bud Poll replied to Ethan Bodnaruk's discussion Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
"Hi Ethan, (my opinion) All wires have a temperature rating and K&T wires were not rated to be covered with insulation.  Since all K&T was not removed, you don't know where the old wiring is and is not.  Until that is…"
Mar 5, 2014
Ethan Bodnaruk replied to Ethan Bodnaruk's discussion Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
"One more thing - our attic was insulated before we got the house, so how was this done if K&T is an issue???"
Mar 4, 2014
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Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring

Hi everyone,I live in New York State and haven't been able to find good information on whether or not we can get our house insulated.  I've searched the forums and internet, so please excuse me if I'm missing something obvious.  We have a 1929 house, but the trick is that we don't have the original K&T wiring.  The electrical system was updated a few decades ago (100 amp) and from what I understand, we have new wiring but have some junction boxes in the wall that still have some K&T.…See More
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