Assess the Existing Electrical System

Before beginning any rewiring project in a home over 100 years old, it is crucial to thoroughly assess the existing electrical system. Here are some key steps:

Consult an Electrician

Check the Electrical Panel/Fuse Box

Identify Knob and Tube Wiring

Test Outlets and Fixtures

Document all Hazards

Develop a Rewiring Plan

Once I have thoroughly assessed the electrical system, it's time to develop a detailed rewiring plan. Key factors include:

Prioritize the Most Hazardous Areas

Decide: Full Rewire vs Circuit by Circuit

Develop a Room by Room Plan

Determine Load Requirements

Upgrade the Electrical Panel

Budget and Electrician Assistance

Safety Precautions During Rewiring

When taking on a rewiring project, safety should be my top priority. Advance preparation and caution during the work helps avoid fires or electrocution hazards:

Turn Off Power at Main Breaker Panel

Work Slowly and Carefully

Wear Insulated Gloves and Eye Protection

Use Non-Conductive Fiberglass Ladders

Keep a Fire Extinguisher Handy

Hire an Electrician If Unsure

Final Testing and Safety Checks

Once the rewiring is complete, thorough testing helps verify full safety before turning the power back on:

Check for Exposed Wires

Use a Voltage Tester

Inspect All Connections

Turn Power Back On Gradually

Check Function of GFCIs and AFCIs

By following meticulous safety practices and testing, I can ensure my 130 year old home's electrical system is updated and safe for modern use without risking disastrous fires. Hiring a professional electrician provides an extra layer of safety.