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That is my favorite photo of "A Short History of Residential Electrical Wiring Methods."
Oh. You say there is no Knob and Tube in the photo? "Where's the knob and tube?"
My bad. However, just a few feet away....



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Plenty of knob and tube. I just couldn't find an angle to get it all into one photo. Home inspector says get a licensed electrician in here. Before the home inspector got there, I said, "Get a licensed electrician in here and spend some money, a lot of money, and get this mess cleaned up."

Cool house, though. And, "They don't build them like that anymore," in many respects.

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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Mike,

I just ran into this yesterday with a home that has knob and tube in the attic. Every thing in the home was upgraded except the wiring for all the lights. It's still knob and tube. Here's a shot of the attic.

Live knob and tube in attic.

Have a great day and good post.

Best, Clint mcKie

Jun 07, 2013 11:45 PM #1
Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Thanks for the photos, Mike.  When we see things like this, we always wonder, "What else is wrong with this house that we cannot see?"

Jun 07, 2013 11:47 PM #2
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


I like old houses, but it takes a mindset...


My clients wanted something that had not been heavily renovated to someone else's tastes.  They surely got that!

Jun 07, 2013 11:50 PM #3
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

Yikes those are some frightening pic.  I hope the inspectors find them one home at a time.

Jun 08, 2013 12:25 AM #4
Brian Schulte
Allison James Estates & Homes - Sierra Vista, AZ
SFR, Sierra Vista, AZ

REAL 2 by 4 wood I have found in a friends place. Takes me back.

Jun 08, 2013 08:40 AM #5
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

Mike - depending on the Type of Loan program - and the Investor, if the Home Inspection shows a ton of repaoir issues, an Underwriter might ask that they get fixed.... 

Jun 28, 2013 06:03 AM #6
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Hi, Eleanor,


I am a true fan of 20% down conventional.  It cuts through a lot of static.

Of course, Cash is King!

Jun 28, 2013 06:07 AM #7
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Wow, that is some conglomeration of wires!

Jul 24, 2013 06:34 AM #8
Linda Jandura
Raleigh Cary Realty - Apex, NC
Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist

Hmm, now I know what nob & tube wring is.  I hear it mentioned all the time on HGTV, but we don't have that many old old houses here in the Cary area.  Hope this one turns out okay for you.

Jul 31, 2013 07:29 AM #9
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


Yes it is.  I hope they followed through on the electrician recommendations.


And good stuff it was, that knob and tube!  It lit many many houses 90 years ago.

Jul 31, 2013 10:16 AM #10
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