Rewiring a home may seem like an intimidating task, but with some planning, the right tools, and safety precautions, I was able to rewire most of my home with just a screwdriver. By doing it myself, I saved thousands of dollars in electrician fees. In this article, I will walk through the complete process I used to safely rewire my home room-by-room with only a screwdriver.

Gather Supplies and Create a Plan

Before starting any electrical project, it's crucial to gather the right supplies and create a detailed plan. Here's what I needed to complete my home rewiring project:



Shut Off Power and Remove Old Wiring

The first step is to shut off power to the room at the main circuit breaker. Test wires with a circuit tester to make absolutely sure.

Then, I removed any wall plates, outlet covers, switch covers, and light fixtures to access the wiring. I took photos of the existing wiring configuration for reference later.

To remove the old wires, I unscrewed each wire nut connection and carefully pulled the wires out of the boxes. Coiling the wires neatly as I removed them made cleanup easier.

Run New Wiring

Once the old wires were removed, I measured and cut new wires to run between each box. Here are some key wiring tips:

I ran the new wires through holes in the centers of studs whenever possible for a cleaner look.

Connect Switches and Outlets

With the new wires run between boxes, it was time to add the switches and outlets. Here is the process I followed:

1. Strip wire ends

I used wire strippers to remove about 1/2" of insulation from each wire end.

2. Connect wires

Following my circuit map, I connected the hot, neutral, and ground wires to the appropriate screws or ports on each outlet and switch. I made sure connections were tight and insulated with a wire nut.

3. Mount devices

Once wired up properly, I mounted each outlet or switch into its box and screwed it in securely.

4. Test circuits

Before moving on, I tested each outlet and switch with a voltmeter to ensure proper connections.

Finish Up and Restore Power

Once all wiring was complete, I buttoned up the room:

Finally, I flipped the main circuit breaker back on and tested outlets and lights with my voltmeter.

After rewiring each room one-by-one in this manner, my home was completely rewired with just a trusty screwdriver! As long as proper precautions are taken, rewiring with basic hand tools is completely doable.


Rewiring a home seems intimidating, but with the right supplies, detailed planning, and safe practices, I was able to rewire my entire home room-by-room using only a screwdriver. By doing this major electrical project myself, I saved thousands in electrician labor costs. With some diligence and testing for safety, rewiring your home with a screwdriver is very achievable. Just be sure to do your research, create detailed circuit maps, and focus on safety first!