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Old 03-22-04, 06:00 AM
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Question outlets

We live in a very old (1890) house and most of the wall outlets don't work. What I would like to know is how to check the wiring so I don't get fried trying to fix it (never fixed anything electrical before) and how do I know if the wires are bad or if it's something else in the plug that is bad? It's rather aggravating to have 4 massive floors of living space but hardly any electric to plug things into.
 
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Old 03-22-04, 06:15 AM
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Wiring that old (unless it has been updated) is likely know and tube. as such, I don;t recomment that you personally try to update or repair it.

I recommend an evaluation and estimate from an electrician. Better yet, several, so you can compare proposals and estimates.
 
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Old 03-22-04, 06:25 AM
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okay, thanks hun. I don't want to mess with it if you think it could be a bad scenario...
 
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Old 03-22-04, 07:43 AM
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Checking one or two outlets is not that difficult.

However, "most of the wall outlets" implies that the problem could be hard to find and could be in more than one circuit. Also, with knob and tube it's not safe to attempt repairs unless you are sure you know what you are doing.
 
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Old 03-22-04, 07:52 AM
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Well, I have no clue...in fact electrical stuff gives me the creeps cuz I just know I'm gonna get zapped...lol But I hate like heck to have an electrician come out considering how many outlets don't work cuz it could cost me an arm and a leg (hours). Not that they don't deserve the pay, I just can't afford a huge bill right now.
 
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It is most likely not a problem at all outlets, but rather a problem at one or two.
 
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