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Rewiring an Older Home


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How many circuits are needed when rewiring an older home? Planning the Electrical Panel Size and the Number of Circuits, and Local Code Considerations.

Electric Circuits for an Older Home

Electrical Question: How many circuits are needed when rewiring an older home?

I am rewiring a 1200 sq. ft. 4 bedroom and 1 bath old house.

This electrical question came from: Flora, from Lawton, Oklahoma.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Flora.

Installing Circuits for an Older Home

Application: Upgrading Electrical Circuit Wiring
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits and Extension Cord. All safety measures must be taken for your protection while working around environmental and construction hazards and when working with all types of tools.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the project, the type of construction and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing wiring in the project area should be identified, turned OFF and Tagged. Old electrical wiring that will be replaced with new electrical wiring should be removed.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Electrical Panel Size and the Number of Circuits

The number of circuits that are required for a home rewire project will depend on a number of things, including but not limited to the size of the home, the number of bedrooms and the number of bathrooms, however this is just the starting point. The following items must be considered as well before determining the size of the panel and the number of circuit that will be required:

Home electrical rewiring projects should always be done with a permit and all the work must be inspected.

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