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House re-wiring evidence.

How can you tell if a 1920's house has been re-wired?

Asked on May 21 2015, Home Improvement in Kent | Report content

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  • Look at the 'fuse box'/distribution board? Does it look ancient or recent. Are there any labels on it to show when it was last inspected. Otherwise ask the vendor for certificates etc.

    Answered on May 28 2015, Report content
  • Original 1920's electrics would be like something from the science museum. Brown sockets with round holes rather than square ones. The original cable is flat and covered in a thin layer of metal, which is soft so you can easily scratch it. Inside, there is rubber, which deteriorates and makes the electrics dangerous. Modern cable is covered in grey plastic, and lasts a lot longer. It's hard to believe a 1920's house wouldn't have rewired at least once by now.

    Answered on Jun 20 2015, Report content

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