How to Rewire Your Home’s Electrical System for Under


Rewiring a home's electrical system may seem daunting, but with some DIY knowledge, the right materials, and a budget of $50 or less, it's very achievable. In this comprehensive guide, I'll walk through all the steps needed to safely rewire a room or certain circuits in your home electrical system.

Gather the Necessary Materials

Before getting started, you'll need to purchase some basic materials. Here's what you'll need for under $50:

Total: Around $40 for materials, leaving $10 as a buffer.

Turn Off Power and Prepare the Workspace

Safety first! Before touching any wires, use your voltage tester to confirm the circuit you're rewiring has no live current flowing through it. Then, turn off the circuit at the breaker box to fully deactivate it.

Prep your workspace by laying down a basic plastic or canvas sheet. This helps protect your floors or walls from dust and debris during the rewiring process. Also have your materials organized and a ladder handy if working on ceiling lights.

Remove Existing Electrical Components

Now comes the task of removing existing wires, outlets, switches and electrical boxes. Carefully detach all wires and dispose of the outdated electrical components.

Be sure to photograph wire connections before dismantling so you can reconnect properly.

If removing drywall, try to break through it neatly around the boxes to preserve as much of the existing drywall as possible. This minimizes drywall repair later.

Install New Electrical Boxes

With the old wires and boxes removed, you can now install new electrical boxes if needed. Plastic is suitable, but metal boxes provide extra durability. Secure them with screws and be sure they sit flush with the walls.

Run all of your new NM-B wire through the electrical boxes first before doing your wire connections. For any long wire runs, secure the NM-B using wire staples about every three feet.

Splice and Connect New Wires

Here comes the most important step - connecting the new wires! Refer to your photos to mimic the previous wire connections.

Match wire colors consistently throughout the circuit. For example, connect all the black (hot) wires together, all the white (neutral) wires together, and all the ground wires together using your marrettes. Ensure tight and secure connections.

Leave about 6-8 inches of extra wire in the boxes to work with. neatly tuck wires into boxes once connected.

Mount New Outlets, Switches and Covers

Almost done! Now just mount your shiny new electrical outlets, switches, and cover plates. Attach the outlets and switches securely to the boxes with mounting screws.

Double check connections are tight and no exposed copper wire is showing before installing covers.

With cover plates installed, restore power and test operation of newly wired lights, outlets and switches. Check for secure connections by wiggling fixtures.


Rewiring your home electrical system takes planning and care but yields satisfying results. For under $50, you can rewire rooms, circuits or specific fixtures to restore or upgrade electrical function. Just take precautions, follow local codes, and make safety the top priority.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I'm happy to help advise on electrical projects. Stay safe and best of luck!