How to Rewire Your Home Without Electricians (Step-by-Step Guide)


Rewiring a home can seem like a daunting task, but with proper planning and safety precautions, it is possible for a homeowner to rewire their house themselves without hiring electricians. As someone who has rewired my entire home, I've learned a lot through experience and have some tips to share to help you complete a successful rewiring project.

In this guide, I will walk you step-by-step through the home rewiring process, from necessary preparations and materials, to safety protocols, to the wiring itself room by room. My goal is to empower homeowners to take on do-it-yourself home rewiring and save on electrician fees. Let's get started!

Step 1: Preparing for a Rewiring Project

Before touching any wires, the first step is making sure you are fully prepared for a major rewiring endeavor. Rushing into this type of project blindly can be dangerous. Here's what I recommend doing in advance:

Research and Education

Creating a Rewiring Plan

Purchase Supplies and Tools

Secure Permits and Inspections

Step 2: Safety First!

I can't stress enough how vitally important electrical safety is when rewiring a home. Here are some absolute must-follow safety tips:

Follow these precautions closely throughout your entire electrical project to avoid injuries or fire hazards. Your safety is most important!

Step 3: The Rewiring Process Room by Room

Once your prep work is complete, it's time to get down to actually rewiring each room in the home. Here is a step-by-step process I follow room-by-room:

1. Turn Off Power and Disconnect Old Wires

I start by turning off the room's circuit breaker, verifying power is off with a voltmeter, inserting cardboard in the breaker, and disconnecting the old wires from outlets and switches. Remove old outlets/switches and pull out unused wires if possible.

2. Plan New Circuits and Outlet Placement

Next, I map out new outlet and switch locations per my rewiring plan. Having a good plan for each room's outlets, switches, and fixture wiring is essential. Mark planned new locations with painter's tape.

3. Run and Secure New Wires

Now the fun part - running the new electrical wires through walls and ceilings between outlets and back to the panel. I staple and secure wires every few feet for safety. I often run new wire through drywall using flexible drill bits.

4. Install Boxes, Outlets and Switches

With the wires pulled, I install new electrical boxes at each outlet, switch, and fixture location. I strip the ends and connect up the outlets, switches, and fixtures to the new wires using proper connectors.

5. Connect at the Panel

The last step for each room is connecting the new circuits at the main panel, labeling them clearly, and testing that the outlets and lights function properly using a voltmeter before turning the power back on.

I follow this systematic process for each room in my home, moving methodically from one space to the next. It takes time and patience but yields a completely rewired home.

Step 4: Testing, Permits, and Protection

After rewiring each room, your work isn't completely done yet. Here's what comes next:

Rigorous Testing

Final Inspections

Add Overcurrent Protection

Taking these final essential steps ensures your rewiring project is a lasting success and provides safe, robust power throughout your home for years to come.

Final Tips

Rewiring an entire house is no small feat. Here are a few closing bits of rewiring advice:

In the end, while home rewiring is a formidable DIY task, it is certainly achievable for many homeowners with adequate preparation, safety diligence, patience, attention to detail, and persistence to follow it through from start to finish. I hope my guide gives you confidence to tackle your own rewiring project and enjoy the self-satisfaction of new wiring done right! You've got this.