How to Rewire Your 100 Year Old Farmhouse Without Burning it Down

Rewiring a 100 year old farmhouse can seem like a daunting task, but with some planning, patience, and by following safety guidelines, it is very doable without catastrophic mishaps. Here is my guide on how I successfully rewired my century-old farmhouse while keeping it standing.

Assess the Existing Electrical System

Before diving into a rewiring project, I needed to thoroughly examine the existing electrical setup. Here are the key things I looked at:

Check the Electrical Panel

Look at Outlets and Light Fixtures

Consider Kitchen/Appliance Circuits

Create a Rewiring Plan

Once I understood the scope of the project, it was time to map out a plan:

Prioritize Safety Hazards

Upgrade the Panel

Run Circuits Logically

Follow Proper Safety Precautions

Electrical work carries inherent hazards. Here are some key safety steps I followed:

Turn Off Power at Main Breaker

Wear Protective Equipment

Install GFCI Outlets

Keep Area Clear

Get Permits/Inspections

Tackle the Rewiring in Phases

It's easy to get overwhelmed staring at all the electrical work needed in an old home. Break it down into manageable phases:

1. Install New Electrical Panel

2. Run New Circuits and Conduit

3. Replace Outlets and Switches

4. Connect Lighting Fixtures

Be Patient and Check Your Work

While rewiring an old farmhouse demands time and diligence, it can be accomplished safely by homeowners. Methodically evaluating, planning, and upgrading the existing electrical system prevents burning down a historic home. I now have reliable, modern wiring that will serve my farmhouse for the next 100 years!