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When did code require replacement of cloth wiring in homes?

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Existing and undisturbed cloth-sheathed wiring in a home that is still “live” and in use is not required to be replaced—with only these two possible exceptions: the local building department may specify replacement of cloth wiring when a home is remodeled, but only if the alterations are extensive, or an insurance company may demand replacement of cloth wiring for renewal of a homeowners insurance policy, if it is determined by an inspector to be in poor condition.

    Also, see our articles What is rag wiring? and Is all cloth wiring dangerous? 

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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about OLD AND OBSOLETE ELECTRICAL:

When did they stop using aluminum wiring? 

Is tinned copper wire safe? 

 When did knob and tube wiring stop being used in homes? 

Is knob and tube wiring illegal?

When should a corroded or damaged electric panel cabinet or disconnect box be replaced? 

What are the code requirements for an old fuse panel/box? 

Why is a fuse box/panel an insurance problem for homebuyers? 

Why are old electrical components not always "grandfathered" as acceptable by home inspectors?

Why is an old fuse panel dangerous?  

Who is the manufacturer of those "bad" electric panels?

• How do I find out the manufacturer of an old electrical panel?

Should I buy a house with a fuse panel/box? 

How dangerous is rust and corrosion inside an electrical panel?

 Are old fuse boxes illegal?

Why are Challenger electrical panels not insurable? 

• Are Wadsworth electrical panels dangerous? 

• How old is a Walker EQ Load Center electrical panel? Is it unsafe? 

How old is a Pushmatic electrical panel? is it safe?

When should I replace electric receptacle outlets? 

  • What are those strange looking wall switches in houses from the 1950s and 1960s? 

How dangerous is old electrical wiring?

Is there an adapter that can be placed on a two-slot receptacle to make it safe? 

Why is there no bathroom electric receptacle in this old house?

Are two-prong outlets up to code and legal?

• Will old cloth wiring cause me to fail a four-point insurance inspection? 

• What are common problems with split-bus electrical panels?

• Are split-bus electrical panels illegal? 

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