How To Rewire Your 100 Year Old Home Without Burning It Down


Rewiring a 100 year old home can seem like a daunting task, but with proper planning and precautions it can be done safely. As the sole owner of this century old home, I learned firsthand how to update the wiring without incident. In this guide, I'll share my step-by-step process for rewiring an antique home while avoiding electrical fires or other disasters.

Determine the Scope of Work

The first step is deciding how much you need to rewire. Does the entire home need new wiring, or are you only upgrading certain circuits?

Develop a Rewiring Plan

Once you know what needs rewiring, develop a detailed plan of attack. Planning is crucial for executing a smooth, safe rewiring job.

Safely Install New Wiring

With a rock-solid wiring plan in place, you're ready to start installation. Take things slow and focus on safety.

Update Electrical Components

With the new wiring installed, it's time to upgrade the other electrical elements.

Finish Up and Make It Pretty

You're in the home stretch now. Just a few more steps to button up the rewiring job.


While rewiring an antique home is labor intensive, it can be accomplished DIY-style without incident by following safety precautions. The key is taking a methodical approach - assess, plan, install carefully, and get inspections. Your home's new electrical system will provide safe, reliable power for decades to come.