Electrical Wiring in the Home/grounding


Hello. We have an older home and we were adding more outlets.  Some of the wiring is older, the kind that has like a braided rope around it.  I noticed that only in one spot in the house in the basement there is wiring that is actively used but has a ground wire that is connected to a ceramic cylinder that is nailed to the floor joist.  Should that still be like that?  If not, can I just run new wiring from that outlet to my junction box I'm putting in for my new outlets?


You should try to avoid adding new wiring to the old wiring you described even if it means running all the way back to the panel to do it. In an ideal world the old braided stuff should be removed and replaced with "grounded" wiring for utmost safety. Aside from the lack of a "grounding" means this wiring is old and the insulation can be compromised in many case's.

The old black Romex like braided wiring you described and "knob and tube" wiring is still legal but many insurance companies will no longer insure house's that have it, like when a home inspection is done for a new buyer and its discovered.

I'm not sure exactly what it is your describing in the basement. If you want to send me a pic please do so.

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