My home has several fuseboxes in different locations. The original knob and tube wiring (where accessable) has been replaced with two conductor wiring (no ground). Still kt in the ceilings though.
I would like to replace portions of the wiring with modern grounded wire which will allow me to use grounded receptacles.
The fusebox does not currently have an earth ground. Can I add a ground rod and a terminal strip (near the fusebox) to attach the ground wires for new wiring? Eventually, I would like to install a new 200amp service panel and then this would all go away. I was just wondering what my options were. Any thoughts on partially modernizing an old electrical service?
Loc: Rahway, New Jersey
If you want properly grounded receptacles, the k&t in existing locations will obviously have to be rewired.
Updating your service should only be done by a qualified electrician. A service upgrade is no job for a homeowner simply because there is alot you need to know before jumping into it, like the proper size GEC for a 200amp service. Do you know what that is? Do you know if there are any multiwire branch circuits, and do you know how to properly install them onto the bussbar?
The last thing you want to do is start a project like this and still be in the dark with no power well after it's already dark again.
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