Re: Knob & Tube Wiring
Wise advise. If you can't find an insurance company what will insure the house at a cost reasonable to you, then you will have grounds to rescind your offer.
Originally Posted by HoustonRemodeler
True, it hasn't burned down -- yet. But I think you know as well as I do that the insulation on knob and tube wiring is a type of rubber that by now is brittle and falls off the wires at the slightest touch. Bare wires is a cause for concern, both for the risk of fire and for electrocution.
As pointed out; its an old home. If you want modern wiring, buy a modern home. It hasn't burned down yet, and lots of folks (myself included) grew up just fine in homes with knob and tube wiring. The sky isn't falling.
I'm not going to tell the OP to run away from this house. If they have the same DIY spirit you and I do, it might be a wonderful project. But it's good for them to know what they're getting into.
If you have ideas of remodeling sections of the house, that is the time to re-wire, re-insulate, re-pipe the house. Plus you'll find a bunch of stuff hidden in the walls. My preference is to put each room / appliance on a separate circuit, keeping the lights for the whole house separated from the outlets. That way when you blow a fuse you don't put yourself in the dark. Plus lighting circuits rarely blow.
You have some muscle to negotiate a lower price. Don't give that up.
And to the original poster, there is no way anyone on this forum can even give a ballpark guesstimate what it's going to cost to repair the wiring. There are so many variables, from the going rate for electricians in your area, to the quality of installation, to the electrician's skill in rewiring with limited collateral damage, to the how the construction of the house lends itself to ease of rewiring. When you do get estimates from licensed electricians, be sure to inquire on how they would propose to do the job. Their explanations will give great insight into justifying the cost, and beware that some electricians may give a lowball estimate without understanding the scope of what they're getting into.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.