Sunday Morning Tip for March 28: Rewiring Your Home? How to Do It Right the First Time

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for March 28:</span> Rewiring Your Home? How to Do It Right the First Time
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    Rewiring is one of the best ways to improve your home’s safety.

    It also helps you reduce the embarrassment that comes with flicking lights, especially when you have guests around.


The procedure will also save you money as it reduces electrical bills. Rewiring is not that easy a process but one that requires you to strategize and be patient. Here are tips to help you if you are a first-timer.

Define Your Needs

Rewiring features several tasks beyond the usual replacement of worn out cables. Replacing a small electrical panel with a larger one allows you to use more appliances simultaneously.

Most old homes use 60-amp circuit breakers, which may not be sufficient for modern electronic equipment. Find out if you need a replacement for your panel. However, understand that using a low-rated breaker with appliances demanding more power is a risky affair.

Today, most houses come fitted with panels ranging from 100 to 200 amperes. Determine how much power you require for your domestic use. Factors, such as the size of your home should guide you on this subject.

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Determine whether you need to replace other equipment like lighting fixtures, switches, and sockets. Understand the standards required for your replacement. You do not want to install sockets that cannot handle your appliances effectively.

Whatever you chose for your new installation, safety is paramount. Remember that during the rewiring process, you will need to use electric benders for rigid conduit.

Assess Whether You or Hire an Expert Will Do It

If you have the skills, certification, and experience for the job, you can do it yourself. However, be ready to do some manual work that includes pulling out old wires, tearing and refitting some areas, and cleaning up.

You also need to have a firm understanding of the local electrical codes and the necessary paperwork. Design a wiring diagram for your project, detailed with all components required for the whole process.

It is prudent to invite a licensed electrician to check your current wiring before initializing your project. An expert helps you assess the complexity of the project and determine if there are any potential hazards.

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Allow them to inspect your wiring map and highlight possible issues. However, it is always better to let a certified electrician do the job. Having a certified electrician help you with your project is a great way to ensure that it goes well and works well upon completion.

Get It Done

Make the necessary preparations if you have decided to do the job yourself. If you have hired a technician, show them your plan and how you want it done.

Let them handle all technical tasks. Your current circuit layout determines the volume of work, so allow your technician to inspect it as much as they want. Never force them to work with your wiring diagram, as this may mess the project.

Finally, invite an independent certified electrician to inspect the project when complete. Confirm all safety standards before plugin appliances back.

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