Rewiring your entire house may seem like a daunting task, but with proper planning and precautions, it can be accomplished in a single weekend. As a homeowner, I recently took on this challenge and successfully rewired my 2,000 square foot house without any fires or electrocutions.

In this comprehensive guide, I will share my step-by-step process for a DIY whole house rewiring project, along with tips to stay safe. Follow these instructions carefully, exercise caution, and you too can upgrade the electrical system of your home in under 48 hours.

Things You'll Need

Before getting started, you'll need to stock up on the right tools and materials:



Safety First

When dealing with electrical wiring, safety should be your top priority. Here are some key precautions to take:

I also highly recommend having an electrician inspect your work afterwards before turning power back on.

Step-by-Step Rewiring Process

With the prep work done, you're ready to get rewiring. I recommend tackling one room at a time. Here are the key steps involved:

1. Remove old wires and fixtures

The first step is demolition. Carefully remove existing:

Try to preserve existing junction boxes as they can simply be reused.

2. Drill holes for new wire runs

Map out new wire runs and drill holes through:

Holes should be large enough for wires to pass through freely. I used a 1/2" drill bit.

3. Run new wires

Working from the main panel, run new 12/2 NM cables along the planned routes:

Use conduit to protect any exposed wires.

4. Install junction boxes

Mount new or existing junction boxes to house wires and devices. I positioned boxes:

5. Connect wires

The fun part - connecting everything together!

Follow recommended wiring diagrams.

6. Return walls and ceilings to normal

Once everything is wired up, carefully:

This helps restore the aesthetics of your home.

7. Turn power back on

Have an electrician inspect first, then carefully turn power back on at the main circuit breaker. Test all lights, outlets, and switches.

Final Thoughts

While a whole home rewiring project is ambitious, it can be executed successfully in a weekend. Just make safety your priority, invest in the right materials, and work methodically one room at a time. Taking on this daunting task yourself will save thousands in electrician fees.

The ability to finally upgrade my home's outdated 60-year-old electrical system made the effort worthwhile. I now have modern wiring capable of meeting all my family's needs. Your home's electrical system is the heart that powers your household.