Winnipeg Industrial Electrician

For all your Commercial electrical needs, Mr. Electric provides a range of comprehensive solutions in Winnipeg:

Upgrades and Improvements

Create a productive ambiance for your employees and an aesthetically pleasing environment that stimulates sales

Safety and Security

Your electrician in Winnipeg can install time controlled lighting, motion sensors and dimmers that can deter crime and help your clients and staff feel protected

Specialty Lighting

Illuminate your interior and exterior with custom lighting design and quality installation from an expert electrician in Winnipeg

Energy Saving Solutions

Reap the benefits of updating to energy efficient lighting. Ask your electrician in Winnipeg about great energy saving lighting solutions for your business

Winnipeg Residential Electrician

Mr. Electric provides comprehensive solutions for all your Residential electrical needs in Winnipeg:

Upgrades and Improvements

Increase the value and status of your home with upgrades of clean, efficient, renewable energy solutions

Safety and Security

Deter crime and light up your home with time controlled lighting, motion sensors and dimmers. An electrician in Winnipeg can help increase safety with a safety checkup

Specialty Lighting

Transform your space with custom lighting designed and professionally installed by an electrician in Winnipeg

Home Energy Efficiency

Learn ways to save energy and you’ll be saving money. Ask your local Mr. Electric electrician in Winnipeg about home energy efficient electricity

Knob and Tube Wiring

What is knob and tube wiring?

Knob and tube electrical wiring is the oldest kind of residential wiring and it is now considered antique in the electrical trade. Porcelain knobs guide the wire along its run while porcelain tubes support the wire as it passes through wooden studs and joists. The old-fashioned wire is insulated by paper- or asbestos-wrap and is designed to be air-cooled.

Knob and tube wiring was state-of-the-art from the early 1900s until around 1950. Knob and tube systems were designed to power simple devices of the early 20th century that did not draw a lot of electricity by today’s standards.

Do I have knob and tube in my house?

If your house was built before 1950, you might have knob and tube in your house and not know it. Because knob&tube wiring is largely hidden behind walls, floors, and ceilings, and because homeowners tend to have done partial electrical upgrades over the years, it is advisable have an electrician visit your house and tell you if you have knob&tube. Signs that knob and tube is present include 2-prong outlets and no junction boxes for electrical devices, although there are more determining factors.

Mr. Electric of Winnipeg can determine if you have knob and tube in your house.

Is knob and tube wiring safe?
Untouched knob and tube wiring systems are generally safe. Damaged, abused, or otherwise compromised knob and tube wiring systems may be unsafe. Some potential problems include:

Improper Splices.Knob and tube wiring systems damaged by improperly done or faulty splices can create a major fire risk.

Exposed wires. The old-style insulation meant to protect the wires can flake off due to the natural aging process, leaving wire exposed. Abuse can occur by either rodents biting through the insulation or persons mishandling the wires.

Ungrounded system. Ungrounded knob and tube wiring cannot be used to wire modern grounded electrical outlets. While the science of an ungrounded system is not defective, knob and tube systems compromised to accommodate modern electrical devices may increase shock hazard. Mr. Electric of Winnipeg can perform an electrical inspection and determine a level of fire risk in your home. Since every system is different, knob and tube wiring are assessed on a case by-case basis.

What is the cost to replace knob and tube wiring?
Knob and tube wiring replacement cost depends on how many circuits and devices are in your home.
Mr. Electric of Winnipeg can provide a free estimate.

I hear re-wiring a house is disruptive and messy. Will my walls look like Swiss cheese?
Mr. Electric of Winnipeg are knob and tube removal experts. We pride ourselves on maximum respect to our customer’s lives and property – and the absolute minimal amount of holes.

Knob and tube wiring and insurance
Insurance companies may not write a new policy if a house has knob and tube wiring. Check with your insurance provider.
Occasionally insurance companies request an electrical inspection. Mr. Electric of Winnipeg can perform the electrical inspection to determine the percentage of knob and tube in your house and provide a level of fire risk.

Benefits of knob and tube replacement
Modern day electrical standards include improvements to new wire technology, the modern grounded electrical systems, and better wire installation methods. New wire technology, temperature-rated wire contained in a nylon sheath, provides better protection than the old paper-wrapped wires. Properly grounded modern electrical systems minimize shock hazards. Wire installation methods are designed for today’s power consumption. Professional installation of a modern electrical system by Mr. Electric of Winnipeg, and deactivation of your old knob and tube system, will improve your home’s safety and will often increases your house value. Overall, it is generally considered a worthwhile expense to upgrade and modernize your electrical system.

Winnipeg Surge Protection

Damage from surges is one of the leading causes of electrical equipment failure. It is critical to be protected from surges that originate from both internal and external sources so they don’t halt productivity or cause electrical hazards.

Will your business still be in operation if you are hit with a surge?

Will you have to replace expensive electronic equipment?

Don’t take the risk; call Mr. Electric to have your business installed with surge protectors today.