Updating electrical wiring

Older houses often have what is called ‘knob and tube’ wiring.This wiring is considered dangerous by most insurance companies today, making it hard to insure homes and buildings that incorporate it.This page provides information on the Draft for Public Comment for the 18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7618), as well as updates to the current Edition: BS 7608 A15 and related publications.The DPC for the 18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations is now available.At some point in a home's life, installing new receptacles, switches, and light fixtures will be a good idea.The originals may be out of fashion, but they also wear out regardless. (Also see my article about these things.) Since replacing outlets correctly relies on making new connections, these may be done poorly or wrongly.Shocks and fires can easily result from faults caused by knob and tube wiring.2) Knob and tube wiring uses sheathing for insulation and both of these disintegrate easily over time.

Find out how to view the draft and submit your comments on the DPC page.

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The deadline for submitting comments is 23rd August 2017. Editorial corrections, consisting of minor changes to publications, will be made quarterly.

Urgent technical changes that need to be made will be published as and when required.