Sunday Morning Tip for May 06: Wired Up: How to Install an Electrical System during a Renovation

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for May 06:</span> Wired Up: How to Install an Electrical System during a Renovation
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    Your electrical system is an important part of any renovation.

    You don’t want to find yourself having to rip open the walls again because you didn’t have a plan.

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Here are some tips to help you install the right electrical system the first time.

Determine Your Electrical Needs

This can be one of the hardest steps of the entire process. Just remember that the more time you spend planning means that there is less wasted time doing. Think about what your electrical needs are for the space that you’re renovating. At this point, you may also want to consider if you just want to add to your electrical system or redo it. This decision may be made for you based on the age of your home. An older home may even require that you update the whole system.

Check out Required Permits and Codes

Read up on any permits that may be required in your area. If you aren’t sure if you need one, call up your local code enforcement. Ask them if your electrical work warrants obtaining a permit. If so, determine the extent of the paperwork that will required for you to apply for one. There are national electrical codes that give you a basic idea of what will be required. Your city may also have more restrictive regulations regarding your electrical system.

Decide between DIY or Professional

Wiring can be difficult if you don’t have a good idea about what you’re doing. Decide whether you want to complete the project on your own or find one of many electrical contractors. If you’re able, doing it yourself can save you a significant amount of money. On the flip side, you want it to be done correctly so that you don’t have more problems down the road. Carefully consider the steps of what will be required before you decide to go it alone.

Create a Diagram

Map out where you want your outlets and light switches placed. Determine if there are any other things that you want to add to your system. This would include items like a three way light switch or a ceiling fan. Having these things in your system may require additional wiring or even another gauge of wire. Plan these things out ahead of time so that it doesn’t end up costing you more money to have it redone. Even if someone else is doing the work for you, this diagram will get everyone on the same page.

The best time to consider redoing your electrical is when you’re already completing a renovation. This will save you from having to redo walls those freshly renovated walls later on.

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