Updating old home wiring
Your older home’s stately exterior and ornate fixtures have with- stood decades of wear and tear because of solid craftsmanship.
But what looks like a well-made structure on the outside can be hiding a dangerous secret behind the walls: aging electrical wires that pose a fire risk.
It can be hard to quote a standard price for rewiring, said Rourke Dill, owner of Trinity Power & Electric LLC, Midland Park (201-445-3110).
The final tally depends on the size of the house and how much needs to be replaced.
Gustafson said knob-and-tube was phased out by the 1930s.
As it ages, he said, it will wear down from the current going through it, especially at the connections.
Dill recently rewired a small house in Park Ridge for this reason and it cost ,200.
History Behind the Walls Prior to the 1900s, builders installed knob-and-tube wiring, said Glenn Gustafson of the Bergen Home Wright, Oradell (bergenhomewright.com).They would nail ceramic, insulated knobs to the sides of joists in a house’s frame.