Assess the Existing Electrical System

Before deciding to rewire my 100 year old home, I first wanted to thoroughly assess the existing electrical system to determine what needed upgrading. Here are the key things I looked at:

After thoroughly assessing the electrical system, I determined that a full rewire was needed due to knob and tube wiring, lack of grounding, and overloaded circuits.

Create a Rewiring Plan

Before starting the rewiring process, I created a detailed plan which included:

Having a well thought out rewiring plan was crucial to ensuring the project went smoothly and all safety issues were addressed.

Install New Breaker Panel

One of the first steps in rewiring was to install a new breaker panel to replace the old fuse box. Here are some key steps I followed:

Installing that new breaker panel established the foundation for a modern, grounded electrical system.

Replace Knob and Tube Wiring

My old home still had original knob and tube wiring which is a serious fire hazard. Here is how I safely removed it:

Completely removing all knob and tube wiring eliminated the risk of shorts or overloaded wiring.

Run New Grounded Wiring

Running all new wiring was the most time consuming part of the rewire project. My process was:

Taking it slowly and methodically ensured all new wiring was run properly and safely.

Add Modern Safety Features

In addition to just rewiring, I took the opportunity to add some modern safety features:

These upgrades brought the safety of my home's electrical system up to the latest codes and standards.

Create an Electrical Plan

Throughout the project I kept a detailed plan showing all circuits, wire runs, and outlets. This is invaluable for reference during maintenance and any future electrical work.

Rewiring a 100 year old home was a major undertaking but I took it slowly and safely. The result is a modern electrical system that will function safely for decades to come. Let me know if you need any advice when taking on your own rewiring project!