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How Do You Safely Remove Knob And Tube Electrical Wiring?

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Knob and Tube wiring (K&T) is an older form of electrical distribution which was used in homes up until the 1930s. It was quite innovative for its day, as it incorporated an electrical delivery method which kept the hot and the neutral wires separated, sometimes as far way from each other as the width of the room. This separation helped to reduce short-circuits. The "knobs" were porcelain fixtures which were used to keep the wire suspended as it ran along the ceiling or up the interior of the walls. The "tubes" were the porcelain tubes which protected the wire as it was run through the joists or studs. Even if your home has K&T wiring which is still active, it is a good idea to remove it and upgrade your electric delivery to more "current" methods. When dealing with any electrical job, the first step is to always turn the circuit breakers OFF. If your knob and tube wiring is still connected to the breakers, use the screwdriver to disconnect the feed wires from the breakers and the ... more
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