Rewiring a home can seem like a daunting task, but with proper planning and safety precautions, it is possible for a committed DIYer to complete. As the homeowner, I have taken on various remodeling projects in my home, but rewiring ranks among the most challenging. With sufficient research, the right tools, and adhering to local building codes, this is a manageable project that will save thousands of dollars in electrician fees.

In this comprehensive guide, I will outline the necessary preparations, materials, steps, and best practices to successfully rewire a home as a DIYer. While mistakes can prove costly when dealing with electrical systems, the risks can be minimized with caution, understanding of electrical fundamentals, and ensuring all work meets the standards set forth in the National Electrical Code (NEC).


Research and Understand Electrical Basics

Create a Wiring Plan

Assemble Proper Tools and Materials

Safety First

Know When to Hire a Professional Electrician

Rewiring Step-by-Step

Turn Off Power and Remove Old Wiring

Run New Circuits and Cables

Install New Outlet and Switch Boxes

Connect Switches, Receptacles, and Other Devices

Connect Circuit Breakers and Grounding

Verify Proper Wiring at Each Location

Tag and Label New Circuits

Helpful Rewiring Tips

By taking the proper safety precautions and following local codes, an ambitious DIYer can successfully rewire their home and gain satisfaction and cost savings from tackling this complex project. Let me know if you have any other rewiring questions!