Need to Rewire a Room in Your Home? How to Finish the Job

Need to Rewire a Room in Your Home? How to Finish the Job
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    Let's face it, lighting and electrical work are complicated, even for professionals.

    If you have a lot of experience with home improvement projects, maybe you can handle wiring an entire room yourself.

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But most of us don’t have that level of expertise and probably shouldn’t risk endangering our personal safety to undertake such a complex project. Luckily, there are fairly simple alternatives that will let us get up and running with minimal fuss, time, and money.

Check out these tips on how to rewire a room in your home without losing your mind!

Assess the Situation Before You Get Started

The first step of any electrical project should be to assess the situation. Is your house wired for 220-volt power? Is the existing wiring frayed and unsafe? Are there enough outlets and light fixtures in the room you’re planning to rewire?

You must answer these critical questions before you get to work. So turn off the electricity at the circuit breaker, and then get to work.

Mark Your Electrical Layout and Make Any Necessary Repairs

If you’re rewiring a room in an older home, you may need to make some repairs first. That could mean replacing broken wires, rerouting cables that are in danger of short-circuiting, and replacing the fuse on your panel if it’s worn out and poses a safety risk.

It’s not a quick job, so don’t try to do it all in one day. Instead, plan on taking a few weekends to get everything up to code.

Swap Out Your Old Fuse With a Breaker

In most cases, you’ll probably replace your fuse with a new circuit breaker. But before you do, ensure that the breaker you install is suitable for the room you’re rewiring.

For example, a 15 amp circuit breaker should be used to power standard 120-volt outlets and light fixtures. If you don’t know what size breaker you should use, ask an electrician for advice.

Most importantly, follow the instructions on the breaker box carefully, so you don’t end up blowing a fuse yourself!

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Find a Licensed Electrician

Although you can certainly rewire a room in your home, it’s best to leave the wiring of your breaker box to an electrician. After all, you don’t want to take a chance on creating a fire hazard or wiring your home incorrectly and causing a fuse to blow.

For example, you want to ensure that you are using the correct gauge of wire for each circuit. You also want to make sure that you are installing each wire the correct way around the breaker. Note that hiring a professional doesn’t have to be expensive.

Add New Wall Outlets and Switches

You can easily add new wall outlets or switches near the end of your rewiring project. Just buy a standard electrical box, and then use your wiring diagram to determine which wire goes where. This might sound like a simple task, but it’s important to get it right.

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For example, you don’t want to install an outlet with a switched plug connected to a light fixture. That will create a situation where you have to turn off the lights to switch off the power.

Instead, you should install an outlet with a standard plug that you can simply turn off. This is an incredibly important part of the process.

In most cases, rewiring a room in your home is relatively simple. That being said, it’s important to get it right. Even a small mistake could lead to a dangerous situation and pose a risk to your home and your safety.

Therefore, we recommend hiring a professional to do the work for you.

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