Updating home wiring

Ifit has adequate capacity and is otherwise safe, it is still legal in manyplaces.

CTA In unaltered buildings built since about 1940, the electrical system islikely to be intact and safe, although it may not provide the capacity requiredfor the planned reuse of the building.

A thorough and informed assessment of the electrical system will determinethe extent to which it can be reused.

This assessment should be conducted onlyby a qualified electrician who is experienced in residential electrical work.

I once had a deadbeat landlord who I didn't even bother approaching when I needed a second line installed.

Instead, I just ran my own wire out thru a hole I drilled in the window frame and down a six-story fire escape in the alley to the basement, where I had the phone company representative install an ordinary residential network interface device for me next to the big panel.

Existing circuitscan continue to use the existing panel and new circuits can be fed through thenew panel.

In years gone past, it was the responsibility of the phone company not only to bring phone service to your house but to do the phone wiring within your house as well. When you order phone service to your house, the local phone company installs a network interface device, a sturdy grey plastic box usually mounted either in your basement or on an outside wall.

You can do your inside wiring yourself, or you can pay the local phone company or a third party (such as an electrician) to do it for you.

Although a fuse box works well for its intended purpose, today's electrically driven technology is too much load for a small fuse box to handle.

The risk of fire increases with every device you plug in to an old electrical circuit.

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