Need New Electric Wiring

Fixture missing - My new porch light is not done yet.
@webeishere (36353)
United States
November 1, 2011 7:13pm CST
After getting my new siding installed they were to install my new porch light. But..... The wiring is from the 50's and it is the type that has a cloth like wrapping around the live wires. Seems that the coating is worn and frayed I need new wiring for it to be installed. So I taped the switch so no one turns it on and possibly starts an electrical fire. Now to get my son-in-law out to rewire the switch and install the light for me. So when was the last time you had some electrical wiring done? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@ElicBxn (60835)
• United States
2 Nov 11
I had an electrician out last Monday (not the 31st) because we fried a circuit breaker in the breaker box... it rattled!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Nov 11
YIKES! Hopefully no rattling here in the future. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@ElicBxn (60835)
• United States
2 Nov 11
I hope not either, a WHOLE day without the microwave!!! How did we EVER live without one?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Nov 11
That would mean leaving my coffee pot on till it was empty. HAHAHA! No thanks! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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• United States
2 Nov 11
Yep that's the kind of wiring we have also. I think the last time anyone fooled with any kind of wiring was when we put up the girls bunk bed again and hubby took out the ceiling fan as we knew they were up to mischief before w/o the bunk and worried for safety sake what they'd do if we left it up!?!?!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Nov 11
I have switches that are live and no light or outlet that it operates. HAHAHA! That's how bad some of the wiring is in my house. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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• United States
2 Nov 11
Eek! I'm glad you are getting that looked into! We have a switch that doesn't do anything we need redone and the wiring from the old counter top stove removed (hubby capped it and all that)
@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
2 Nov 11
We have been busy working on our new place. Good luck and hope your able to get your place completed soon. There is always something that needs our attention.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Nov 11
We bought the house 7 years ago knowing it was a fixer upper. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
2 Nov 11
My house needs some new wiring, but that is something the landlord would have to do. I have a fuse box upstairs and a circuit breaker box in the basement. Both boxes still run things. I am not really sure how it is set up. I do know that circuits trip when you plug more than one space heater in around the house though.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Nov 11
I have the same tripping experiences. With the A/C in the summer, I have to turn it off to vacuum. However it's spelled. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
2 Nov 11
The side of the house looks fantastic, GB - like a brand new house! We certainly have done some wiring recently - our new little beach shack had to be completely rewired. We ripped all the wall linings off, replaced termite-infested timber and had an electrician rewire from top to bottom. An expensive but necessary job, as the lights were the old type with cords hanging down with switches on the end of them! We also had to have smoke detectors hard-wired into the electrics, as it's the law here now. Hope your son-in-law gets on the job for you soon! x
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Nov 11
Thanks I love the new look/feel. We can have the battery operated smoke alarms and CO detectors so no hard wiring for them. Now to get the house rewired and up to code would please me to no ends. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@GardenGerty (98289)
• United States
2 Nov 11
My son did some wiring for me this summer. We also had a new thermostat wired in for the upstairs this summer as well. They had to kind of bypass the existing wiring, which had failed on us and are hoping that what they did will continue to work. We had to have them back twice. It is a very old house.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Nov 11
Same here as far as the age of the hpouse. Seems a lot of the wiring is original as the outside fixture proved that. We've talked about getting an electrician to rewire the house in the near future but funds are very limited now after new windows and siding installed. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
2 Nov 11
Today. I turned on my computer and the lights went out. Well all the plug ins anyway. Lucky I had the day off. They came right away and I had a loose connection in the attic. I am glad they found it or there could have been a fire.
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
2 Nov 11
It's good you're getting it fixed, old wiring can be pretty dangerous. I haven't had any done but I know my wiring is old in places. In the attic and the garage you can see the ceramic knobs they used to use for wiring but when I put insulation in my wall sockets I could see that the wiring was more modern. I think this house is a hodge podge of stuff, built in 1923 and updated here and there as needed. I don't plan to do any re-wiring, it's very expensive since I don't know anyone who does it.
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@grace147 (223)
• Philippines
2 Nov 11
Well, I do not personally handle things like wiring considering that I do not have much knowledge about it. It is usually my hubby who does this things. I guess it is quite important to check on wires from time to time. They surely are dangerous when they deteriorate due to time and perhaps they may also suffer damage due to some pest like rats. I guess your post will give me a reason to have our wiring checks since its been quite a while that our house wirings have been inspected by a someone who is knowledgeable on this matters.
@alberello (4755)
• Italy
2 Nov 11
I tell you what at first might seem absurd hypotheses. Although I majored in electrical engineering, in the few jobs that I run, I have always been helpful electrician.But I've never had a vast experience in the field, so true is it that when I changed location, I called an electrician who alone has made the entire system. The nice thing is that it has no switches mounted but only relay.
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• United States
8 Nov 11
um..i can't tell you when it was..but i know grandma was given a month to change it,or the city was gonna declare the house uninhabitable. not only was it cloth wrapped,it was underpowered and had those porcelain terminals. yea,that old.