Rewiring your entire home may seem like an intimidating task, but with some preparation and the right tools, I was able to completely rewire my house in just one weekend. Here's how I did it so you can rewire your home quickly too.

Gather Supplies and Create a Plan

Before getting started, I made sure to have all the necessary supplies on hand. This included:

I also drew up plans showing where I wanted to run new circuits and add new outlets and switches. Having this ready ahead of time made the rewiring go much more efficiently.

Shut Off Power and Remove Old Wiring

Before touching any wiring, I made sure to shut off all the power at the main breaker. I then went around and tested outlets with a voltage tester to confirm everything was dead.

Starting in the attic, I located all the existing wiring and junction boxes. I carefully removed all the old wiring, taking note of any wiring configurations to replicate later.

Run New Wires

With the old wires disconnected, I was ready to run the new Romex wiring. I started by routing wires from the main panel to each room according to the plans I had drawn up.

I drilled small holes through studs to route wires between rooms and used fish tape to pull the Romex through. I made sure to staple the wire every 4-6 feet for security and stability.

For any new circuits, I ran the wire to the locations of the new outlets and switches I wanted to install. The fish tape was extremely helpful for routing wire through finished walls.

Connect Switches, Outlets, Lights and Appliances

Once all the new wiring was run, I began connecting the wires to the outlets, switches, light fixtures, and appliances.

I followed local electrical codes to make sure all connections were proper. I used wire nuts to connect hot, neutral and ground wires and secured them tightly.

For light fixtures and ceiling fans, I made sure to leave extra wire length so they could be accessed later if needed. I used cable staples to keep the wire neatly bundled.

Install New Breakers and Cover Plates

With everything wired up, I turned my attention to the breaker panel. I shut off power again and checked for voltage before removing the cover panel.

I installed new circuit breakers according to the amp rating of the wire. I clearly labeled each breaker according to what it controlled.

Finally, I installed new outlet and switch cover plates throughout the house, tightening all screws securely.

Restore Power and Test Circuits

The moment of truth came when I turned the main power back on. I went to outlets and switches throughout the house, testing each one.

To my relief, everything functioned properly! The new circuits I had added worked perfectly with no shorts or faults.

Rewiring an entire house in a weekend was an ambitious undertaking, but with diligent planning and effort, I was able to completely upgrade the electrical system safely and efficiently. Homeowners looking to rewire don't need to be intimidated - with the right approach, it can absolutely be a DIY project!