Old House, Old Problems


Old 08-25-04, 08:11 PM
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Old House, Old Problems

I have a house built in 1928, the Chicago metro area. Am fairly knowledgable with most household wiring issues, but this is the oldest house I've ever worked on. The house seems to be wired in vertical zones and not in conventional methods of even the 1950's. I have found a "pinger" to trace some circuits works well. Any easier way besides this to get a more exact reading on this house? I can't find any source of blueprints anywhere.
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Old 08-25-04, 08:31 PM
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Nothing better that I know of. Even if it was built yesterday, there wouldn't be any blueprints showing you where the wiring was.
Old 08-26-04, 08:17 AM
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If it's a stucco or brick house it will most likely use the old, galvanized pipes as conduit. They usually run from the basement, up to the light switch, then to the lights, then back to outlets. I've done several of those houses, and no two houses were alike. I especially liked the taped connections and the 6 old 12 gauge conductors crammed into a 1/2" deep pankake box. Makes you sleep very well at night..

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