Over the weekend I ventured up into our attic to take a few measurements. We intend to install the folding attic staircase which is currently sitting in our living room in a cardboard box. While rooting around in the shredded newspaper insulation I uncovered two buried electrical junction boxes. The first box was fine after cleaning it out and adding a lid. Although, the second was far from adequate.
The old lighting fixture box was uncovered and contained four lines of different vintage, only two of which were secured with strain reliefs, and upwards of seven wire nuts. After some experimentation there were still too many unknowns, and I decided to replace the junction box entirely. I am pleased with the outcome, and I won't mind removing it when rewiring the second floor. At least now I know it won't start a fire.