Chicago Cloth Wiring/Knob & Tube Experts

What kind of wires you have and what that means for your home?

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Knob and tube wiring stopped being used in home electric systems in the 1920’s and a cloth covered wire was stopped in the 1940’s. You may or may not know that you have either cloth covered wire or knob and tube wiring. Chances are if you live in a home in Chicago you may have one or the other or you know your home had it at one time. If you’re not sure, give Arnold Electric Services, Inc. a call to help you find this out. Arnold Electric specializes in assisting clients to update their existing electrical system in their home through the whole house rewires. A knob and tube or cloth covered wire system is an immediate safety hazard and something we recommend being addressed as soon as possible. The outdated wiring can no longer take the addition of modern electric conveniences adding a strain to the system. Often times in a system like this there are not even enough outlets for chargers or TVs so people will add extension cords and plug splitters again adding a strain to the system. Extension cords and plug splitters are another fire hazard and should be avoided entirely in any system and especially if you have knob and tube or a cloth covered wire system. When working with Arnold Electric during a whole house rewire we will help you sort out all these details of our code compliant installations.

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Signs You Might Need A Rewire

We specialize in maintaining and repairing existing electrical systems in a home or business.
Here are some common problems that can lead to safety concerns.

  • Flickering Lights
  • Tripping Breakers
  • Blown Fuse
  • Cords Falling Out of Outlets
  • Mystery Switch
  • Ceiling Fans, Even in High Ceilings
  • Smoke Detectors
  • LED Lighting
  • USB Charging Outlets
  • Chandeliers, Even in High Ceilings)
  • Security Lighting
  • Smart Switches/Internet/App Controlled Switches
  • Flat TV outlets and installs

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About Our Pricing

Our estimates are individualized for each customer. We schedule an appointment and offer a free estimate. All final estimates follow a full site review, walk-through or blueprint review — with the exception of service work. As long as general pricing is understood and agreed upon we can set a good time to start working. Email estimates for pending real estate transactions (attorney review) will carry a small charge that will be rebated should you move forward with the work. All emergency calls and service work is performed on a flat rate. Pro Plus Members receive a discount.

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Jack is not the typical Chicago electrician. He was patient and answered all my questions. His electrical knowledge was helpful in diagnosing real problems the electric services. Everything is okay for now, and we plan on doing a complete remodel soon. 

Brian Kasallis

Jack’s team came in and did a complete home inspection and repaired a light above my wife’s sink. My marriage has been saved now that the light is fixed. Very fair pricing and excellent work!

Douglas Sheehan

Helpful and will get back you in a timely manner. They may not be the cheapest but they know their stuff and are willing to work with you and that is more important than price

Joshua Cruz

Very easy to work with, excellent work on jobs big (new underground line to detached garage) and small (changing interior fixture

Lauren Harms