Its no secret that the housing market is a fickle beast. Although it the market is on the rise (at the moment, check back in tomorrow for a different response), many people have turned to renovating their own home or flipping houses to resell at a higher value. In either of these scenarios, tackling the electrical maze inside your walls is one of the more complicated steps to the renovating or flipping process. As a matter of fact, some homes built in the 1980’s may not be up to current safety codes, so many homeowners are looking into rewiring as an option. Here are some tips I have compiled for rewiring an old house:
1. Hire an electrician. The bid will seem expensive, and the parts are cheap so you’ll want to do it yourself. But trust me, the internet, when I tell you it is significantly larger task than you could ever imagine.
Since you’re going to ignore the advice in step 1, Here’s step 2: don’t try to conserve wire.One internet advisee said he spent less than $300 on wire for his whole house. You are bound to cut too short, or too long. You’re going to see a lot of short-cuts that the previous owners took, like using one wire to complete a system when they should have used two. Wire away, my friend.
3. Make a plan. Create an electrical inventory of all the items you will be wiring and then be sure to pull up all the codes and restrictions so you don’t do all the hard work only to find out you’re still below standard. Write all your codes and steps to accomplish down, but leave room for unexpected deviations. They are inevitable. Label everything.
4. Taping your wires together below the stripped end before trying to twist the ends to run through a nut will make the nut-threading processes SO much easier. Not doing so and trying to get all those wires through the nut has been known to make people crazy. Like, Charlie Sheen crazy. And there’s no amount of tigerblood to save you then.
5. When encountering loose-fill insulation, first wear a respirator mask. Second, and this tip is genius, take a cardboard box with both ends open so it acts as a tube or tunnel and push that down into the insulation. This structure will help you remove the insulation, otherwise it just keeps folding in on itself and you will never make progress. It’s like a giant bowl of pasta, no matter how much you eat, it looks just as full as it started.
6. Space electrical outlets 6-8 feet apart. This will eliminate the need for extension cords in most cases. Extension cords with too many inputs can become a fire hazzard.
Electricans such as Mahaffey Electrical Services in Newport Beach, CA will do a free consultation for your home and they specialize in concealed wiring so you wont have to look at any of that electrical mess ever again.