How to Rewire an Old House Yourself on the Cheap

How to Rewire an Old House Yourself on the Cheap

Rewiring an old house can seem like a daunting task, but with some planning and elbow grease, I was able to rewire my entire home on a budget. Here's how I did it and how you can too.

Assessing the Existing Electrical System

The first step is to understand what you're working with.

This assessment helped me understand what wiring could stay vs what definitely needed to be replaced. It also gave me an idea of the scope of the project.

Creating a New Wiring Plan

Next, I planned out the new wiring system:

Planning the new layout ahead of time made the rewiring much smoother.

Removing Old Wiring

Before installing the new wiring, the old system had to go:

Taking the time to fully remove the old wiring helped avoid issues down the road.

Installing New Wiring

The fun part was running all the new wires through the house:

I took it slowly, double checking all connections before moving to the next outlet.

Connecting the Electrical Panel

With all the new wires run, it was time to connect everything back to the main panel:

Seeing all the new breakers and wiring come to life was a great feeling!

Helpful Tips

Here are a few useful tips I learned from rewiring my old house:

With good planning and attention to detail, rewiring your old home is very doable. The improved safety and functionality is well worth the effort. So turn off that power and start wiring!