Why Rewire Your Home?

Rewiring your home can be a daunting task, but with proper planning and safety precautions, I managed to rewire my entire home without hiring an electrician.

There were several reasons I wanted to take on this project myself:

Dangers of Rewiring Your Home

Before deciding to take on a DIY home rewiring project, I carefully considered the dangers:

I determined the risks could be minimized with proper research, tools, protective equipment, and adherence to all safety procedures. The cost savings also made taking on the project myself worthwhile.

Research and Planning

Before purchasing any materials or touching a single wire, I spent over 100 hours researching and planning every aspect of the rewiring project.

I read books, blogs, magazine articles, and home improvement websites to understand topics like:

In addition to research, my preparation included:

Proper planning was crucial to ensure I could execute the rewiring safely, legally, and correctly on the first attempt. Rushing into a project like this without understanding the electrical codes or having the right materials on hand could have severe consequences.

Step-by-Step Rewiring Process

With all my prep work completed, I was ready to get started. Here is an overview of the step-by-step process I followed to rewire my home:

Shutting Off Power and Removing Old Wiring

The first step was to shut off power at the main breaker. I then went through the house and tested all outlets to verify everything was dead.

Next, I removed all of the old wiring. I took down the drywall in strategic places to access wiring runs. I also drilled entry holes where wires penetrated framing.

Old insulation was stripped off the wiring and recycled. I also removed the old breaker panel and junction boxes.

Installing New Service Panel

After the old wiring was removed, I installed a new 200 amp service panel and breakers. I followed the manufacturer's instructions carefully and secured all connections tightly.

The new, higher capacity panel would support additional lighting and outlet circuits I planned to add.

Running New Wires

Next came the most time consuming but satisfying phase - running all new wires through the house.

I started by securing wire staples along framing to support the wire runs. I drilled entry and exit holes for wires passing through framing.

I made sure to leave excess wire at connection points and also coil some extra in the wall in case it needed to be accessed for repairs down the road.

Installing Boxes and Devices

With the wiring runs complete, I installed all of the electrical boxes, outlets, switches, and cover plates for a finished look.

I carefully joined the wires to devices using wire nuts and protectors. Each connection was secured and insulated.

Inspections and Powering Up

Before turning the power back on, I had my work inspected by the city. The inspector thoroughly checked every part of the rewiring and fortunately approved my work.

The final step was turning the main breaker back on! I walked through the house testing each light and outlet to make sure everything functioned properly.

Seeing all the new wiring and devices come to life successfully was an incredibly gratifying feeling after all my hard work.

Safety First

As highlighted earlier, safety was my top concern throughout this entire DIY home rewiring project. Here are some key safety precautions I took:

Proper tools and safety equipment paired with caution at every step allowed me to complete this project safely without injury or incident. Skimping on safety to save a little time or money would have been an unacceptable risk.


Rewiring a home without professional help is an ambitious undertaking, but absolutely achievable. The hundreds of hours spent planning the project, researching electrical systems, and preparing myself paid off enormously in the successful DIY rewiring of my house.

Not only did I save thousands of dollars, but I gained the confidence that I can tackle daunting electrical projects safely. I also have peace of mind knowing my home's electrical system is completely modernized and upgraded.

With proper diligence and safety precautions, a DIY electrical rewiring project can be done right. Just be sure to do your homework first and never cut corners when it comes to safety. That's the key to improving your home's wiring without burning it down!