Question on updating wiring

Old 02-08-03, 08:18 AM
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Question on updating wiring

We've got an old house that currently has both old and modern wiring. I'm starting the process of remodeling the house room by room and I want to update the old wiring as I go along.

My question is, what do I do with the old wiring after I disconnect it? The entire house is run on only two fuses, so cutting the poser at the old fuse box will shut down the power to half of my house. Should I just cut the wires back, tape the ends, stick them in boxes, and then repeat the process until the entire house is done?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Old 02-08-03, 08:38 AM
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To avoid future confusion about what wires are live and which are dead, it is best to remove as much of it as possible. But if you can't, you need to cut it off at both ends (i.e., isolate it from power). Then you can just abandon it. But don't leave live wires in the walls, even temporarily.
Old 02-08-03, 08:47 AM
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Watchin this thread closely, since I have been doing exactly as you propose (leaving the old canvas-coated wires "live" in each box, and running completely a new NM circuit seperately to the box). It takes months before I can disconnect a single old K&T circuit.

Really interested in hearing the expert opinions....
Old 02-08-03, 09:03 AM
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Oh, timing blunder. John Nelson, you're reply wasn't there when I last looked.....I certainly didn't mean to imply that your opinion wasn't "expert."

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