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Can attic insulation touch knob and tube wiring?

Top answer: No

Can Knob and Tube Wiring Be Grounded?

Top answer: No

Do I need a permit to install an electrical outlet?

Top answer: In some cases

Do I need a permit to upgrade my electrical panel?

Top answer: Always

Does Knob and Tube Wiring Contain Asbestos?

Top answer: In some cases

How long does aluminum electrical home wiring typically last?

Top answer: 30+ years

How long does it take to remove and replace an electric panel with a new one?

Top answer: 4-5 hrs

How long does it typically take to replace an electrical panel? (upgrade from 100 to 200 amps, using existing wiring)

Top answer: 6-8 hours

How Much Does an Electrician Charge to Replace an Outlet?



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How Much Does It Cost to Install a 120V Outlet?



How Much Will It Cost to Upgrade My Electrical Panel?



How often should GFCI outlets be tested to make sure they’re still functional?

Top answer: Once a year

Is aluminum wiring safe?

Top answer: In some cases

Is it possible to upgrade an electrical panel without re-wiring the entire house?

Top answer: In most cases

Is it safe to install a new electric panel on your own?

Top answer: No

Is it safe to try installing a new electric panel on your own?

Top answer: No

Is knob and tube wiring safe?

Top answer: No

What is the most common reason for power outlet failure?

Top answer: Circuit overload

Will a GFCI outlet eventually wear out?

Top answer: Yes

Will installing copper electrical wiring add value to my home?

Top answer: Yes

Related Questions & Answers

Do I need a licensed electrician to install a ceiling fan?

Top answer: Always

How long does it typically take to install a ceiling fan where there is no electrical connection in place?

Top answer: 2-3 hours

Am I allowed to work on the electrical wiring in my home without a permit?

Top answer: In some cases

Can an electrician install a phone jack?

Top answer: In most cases

Do I need GFCI outlets for my washer and dryer?

Top answer: Never

Do I need to hire a licensed electrician to install a GFCI outlet?

Top answer: Yes, always

Does a standard home refrigerator typically require GFCI protection?

Top answer: Never

Does an AFCI outlet provide GFCI protection?

Top answer: No, an AFCI outlet does not provide GFCI protection.

Does the National Electrical Code prohibit homeowners from working on home wiring?

Top answer: No

How many home electrical fires occur each year in the U.S.?



How many people in the U.S. are injured by electrical hazards each year?



How often does a GFCI need to be replaced?

Top answer: Unsure

How often does a home typically need to be rewired?

Top answer: Over 20 years

Is a homeowner allowed to install their own electrical wiring?

Top answer: In some cases

Is it customary to tip an electrician?

Top answer: No

Is it important to have an AFCI breaker installed in your home?

Top answer: Very important

Is it safe to install my own GFCI outlet?

Top answer: No

Is it safe to remove an electrical panel after an arc fault flash occurs?

Top answer: In most cases

Is it safe to replace my own damaged electrical outlet?

Top answer: Sometimes

Is rewiring necessary after an arc fault flash occurs?

Top answer: Sometimes

My house is wired with aluminum wire. Would you recommend rewiring the home with copper wire?

Top answer: In some cases

True or False: It is harder to install a combination AFCI than a branch AFCI.

Top answer: No significant difference

What is the most common cause of a circuit breaker trip?

Top answer: Overloaded circuit

What is the most common cause of an arc fault flash?

Top answer: Other

What is your opinion of the National Electrical Contractors Association?

Top answer: Favorable

What type of light bulb is the most energy efficient?

Top answer: LED bulb

When replacing an electric panel, does the electrician typically provide the new panel or does it have to be purchased from a 3rd party vendor?

Top answer: The electrician provides one

Will an arc fault circuit interrupter (or AFCI) breaker interfere with the operation of a ground fault circuit interruptor (GFCI)?

Top answer: No

Would you recommend installing a GFCI and an AFCI in the same location?

Top answer: Sometimes

Would you recommend installing AFCI outlets in every room of the house?

Top answer: Yes, always

Does an electric furnace require a dedicated circuit to maintain its production level?

Top answer: Yes

Are electric baseboard heaters considered energy efficient?

Top answer: In some cases

Can electric baseboard heaters be wired in series?

Top answer: In some cases

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