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1971 house - anything to check, upgrade at ceiling light fixtures?

1971 house - anything to check, upgrade at ceiling light fixtures?

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1971 house - anything to check, upgrade at ceiling light fixtures?

Just wondering if while I'm at it there is anything that I might check, look for, replace, etc in ceiling light fixtures of 1971 house?

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That's a call only you can make by observing. If a fixture looks bad, or broke, replace it. Rule #1, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
 
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If a fixture looks bad, or broke, replace it. Rule #1, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ha ha! I like that rule chandler! Life's too short right?! Reminds me of that saying paraphrased "instead of dying from what you're worrying about, you'll probably die of worrying about it" lol
 
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If you do change any fixtures they wil, probably need 90 degree C rated insulation. You will not have it with your wiring.
 
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If you do change any fixtures they wil, probably need 90 degree C rated insulation. You will not have it with your wiring.
Yikes! What do I do in that case?
 
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.....and it depends on what your plans are for the house. You going to live in it for another 40 years or are you planning to sell it in the near future... etc.

A lot depends on what your wife wants done......
 
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A lot depends on what your wife wants done......
I don't have a wife, happily single. This is my mother's house, I live with her .... which isn't so great either lol. She's leaving me the house though.
 
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Well, in that case, lets turn that thing into a man cave! lol...

Seriously, a lot depends on what your plans are & what YOU expect for the house.
 
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Do you have aluminum wiring?
 
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Do you have aluminum wiring?
Yes, only 2 wires as far as I can tell. It's Kaiser black wire with green lettering. All other wires are 14/2, 10-3, 12/2 NM wire by Columbia, Anaconda. All outlets and switches that I've opened up SO FAR have been copper wires, I've confirmed it and can see the cable coming right into the box.
 
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Correction! I now have 3 aluminum cables (Kaiser) going from panel. One goes up into the living room, one into my bedroom for 1 outlet. One goes "home run" from washer to panel.

Would it be that expensive to get an electrician to do 3 wires? I don't wanna mess with the panel and stuff, that's over my head.
 
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It would be worth it to replace any aluminum cables you have especially in an unfinished basement where it is usually pretty easy. If they cannot be easily replaced, at the very least be sure all switches and receptacles have CO/ALR markings on them and replace them if they don't. If they are marked Cu/Al, replace them! Watch for any wirenuts that may have been used on the aluminum wiring, there is NO WIRENUT APPROVED by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for use with aluminum wiring.
 
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