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Posted by RR on June 28th, 2000 10:06 PM
In reply to tube and knob wiring replacement by Sally on June 28th, 2000 06:17 AM [Go to top of thread]

Well, how about this viewpoint: Knob and tube is a fine system so long as it hasn't been tampered with and it isn't used for purposes it wasn't designed for. On the one hand, it is overkill: several inches of spacing between positive and negative wires, porcelain insulators, and neatly soldered connections. On the other hand, the wire is usually 14 guage and doesn't include a ground. It provides a perfect system for lighting a house, but I wouldn't use it for appliances that draw a lot of current. Let's not forget that the primary reason knob and tube was abandoned was that it's excessively labor intensive to install.

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