How To Rewire Your 150 Year Old Home Without Dying

Assess the Electrical System

Before beginning any rewiring project in an old home, it's crucial to fully assess the existing electrical system. This will help you understand what needs to be updated and how invasive the rewiring will need to be.

Here are a few things I recommend doing:

Develop a Rewiring Plan

Once I understand the current state of the electrical system, I can develop a plan for the rewiring project. Key factors to consider:

Rewire the Home in Phases

With an old home, I don't want to be without power for an extended period. So I recommend rewiring in phases:

Phase 1: Rewire the Most Problematic Areas

Phase 2: Systematic Room by Room Rewiring

Phase 3: Rewire the Main Panel and Services

Use Safe Practices During Rewiring

Safety has to be my top priority when rewiring an old home. Here are some precautions I take:

Rewiring a home is risky if safety practices aren't followed. I take my time and focus on staying safe.

Hire a Licensed Electrician When Needed

While parts of a rewiring project may be DIY-friendly, I leave the most complex and hazardous work to licensed electricians:

I let the pros handle tasks that require electrical licenses, expertise, or special equipment. Paying for an electrician gives me peace of mind and keeps the project code compliant.

Update Related Systems for Full Modernization

Beyond just rewiring, I look to update other related systems for a complete electrical overhaul:

Updating these systems maximizes safety and prepares my 150 year old home for another 100 years of service! With proper planning and safe execution, a total rewiring project is completely doable.