How To Rewire An Old House Yourself Legally

How To Rewire An Old House Yourself Legally
Older homes will generally need to have updated wiring. Many houses built more than 30 to 40 years ago have likely not had new wiring installed. Even if the fuse or breaker box looks modern, this does not mean the wiring has been updated. Check the outlets in the home. Are they only two-prong? This is a sign that the wiring is old. Are there only a couple in each room? This is another indication that the wiring is original to when the home was built.

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A Total Rewire

If you plan to rewire an old house yourself, it is going to take a few days to possibly a week or more to totally rewire. The age of the home will be a factor when installing new wiring. The methods of building used many years ago can differ from the ones today.

All of the old wirings will need to be removed and replaced with new. You will need to add more circuits and outlets to accommodate appliances and other electronics that were not even available at the time of the original wiring of the house. It is a good idea to add more than is needed currently because additional electrical circuits will probably be necessary for only a few years.

When a home is being rewired, a building permit must be obtained. The work must be inspected at different stages to ensure that it meets codes. Most areas of the country have adopted the National Electrical Code as a standard. Although the code is not a federal law, it is used to make certain electrical wiring is installed safely.

Is it Legal to Rewire a House?

The owner of a home can legally do all of the rewirings as long as the work passes inspection. It is wise to research all of the codes. This includes local codes such as the placement of GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets.

These outlets are required for use near water sources where the risk of electrical shock is greater, such as kitchens and bathrooms. It is also important to know the number of circuits for each breaker, the size of the breakers required, and the size of the wire needed.

These are just some of the requirements for the wiring that will need to be met for the home to pass inspection. If the codes are not researched properly, and the wiring does not pass inspection, the time and expense of the job will be increased.

Rewiring an Older Home for Others

Although a homeowner can rewire their home legally, performing electrical work on a home that belongs to someone else requires a license. The license is required to get a permit to do the work. It is also necessary for obtaining liability insurance.

Becoming licensed will require working as an apprentice for a licensed electrician, taking a test to obtain a journeyman’s license, and the final step is passing the master electrician’s test. Licenses generally must be obtained in the state where the electrician will be doing work. There are a few states that recognize licenses from other states.

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