The Capitol Hill Restoration Society will hold a session of their Preservation Café series that you might want to check out. My apologies for the last minute notice, but it does sounds like an interesting and useful talk. The topic is electrical wiring and how to keep (or make) it safe in an old home. This event is free an open to the public.
Here's what's on the agenda:
Joe Bellosi, Master Engineer and President of J and G Electric Co., will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 pm at the Northeast Library (downstairs meeting room).
- General overview of electrical wiring and other safety concerns.
- How wiring has evolved
- Fuses vs. breakers
- Electrical service size
- Cloth wiring – How to repair. When to replace. Options on how to extend its useful life.
- Remodeling – Recessed lighting. Additional outlets and circuits. Rough patch services.
- Arc-fault circuit protection -Arc-fault circuit requirements. Where arc-fault-breakers or receptacles are required.
- GFI circuit protection – GFI circuit requirements. Where GFI breakers or receptacles are required.
- Life safety:
- Smoke detectors- Hard wired. 10-year sealed battery. Interconnected detectors. RF Smoke detector systems. Where to locate.
- Carbon Monoxide detectors- 10-year sealed battery. Plug-in units with battery backup. Where to locate.
- Preventative maintenance- Safety inspection. Testing GFI receptacles and breakers. Testing arc-fault receptacles and breakers. Testing Smoke detectors. Testing Carbon Monoxide detectors. Checking electrical panel connections.
The Northeast Library is located at 330 7th Street NE. Head to the downstairs meeting room for the talk.