Kitchen Remodeling and Electrical Wiring
How Should I Rewire the Kitchen: How do I move some electrical wires in a kitchen wall that I need to remove?
Moving Kitchen Electrical Wiring
Electrical Question: How do I move some electrical wires in a kitchen wall that I need to remove?
- I removed a wall in my kitchen that held two plug outlets and two light switches (one has a double switch).
- I will be hiring an electrician to wire my kitchen but I need to move the wires that go up to ceiling lights and also loop into the floor to (what seems to be every plug receptacle on the kitchen walls) temporarily so that I may install new wood flooring.
- I need to know how to do this safely so that I can still use the lights until I hire the electrician to complete the job?
- What wire do I need to purchase and how to attach to lengthen the existing wire about ten feet to nearest edge of the room keeping the existing loop?
This electrical question came from: Jean, a Homeowner from Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Thanks for your Electrical Wiring Question Jean.
How to Rewire a Kitchen
Application: Kitchen Remodel Electrical Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools a Voltage Tester or Plug-In Circuit Analyzer.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools, the extent of the electrical repairs the number of outlets that are affected.
Precaution: Identify the kitchen circuit that is being moved or replaced, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing or Repairing Home Electrical Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes and installing new or replacement electrical parts or equipment may require to have a permit and be inspected.
Phases of a Kitchen Remodel Project
- Jean, If I may – I’d like to make a suggestion here which is based on my experience.
- First, I would strongly recommend that you consider installing the finished flooring last after all the other work is completed. The finished flooring of all types is best installed last so that it will no be vulnerable to damage from all the other work that has to take place.
- Next, I would ask you to consider hiring a qualified electrician at this point. You have stated that you will be hiring one anyway, and actually it would have been best to have the electrician come in right after the wall covering or sheet rock was removed, this way the electrician could have seen and identified all the exposed wiring and have a full understanding of what wire goes where. At this point the electrician can provide temporary lighting that may be needed.
Considerations for Homeowners about Remodeling Projects
- So many times homeowners with good intentions of saving money end up costing themselves far more because they do not understand the vital phases of the construction process.
- When something is not done at the right time which will allow key access to necessary components, this can really be a problem, and the same is true when something is done by the wrong person.
How to Have a Successful Home Construction Project
- A good construction project is one that is well thought out, documented and performed by individuals who understand and respect the phases of the construction process, and who work together for the benefit of the homeowner, and a homeowner who allows the work to be performed unhindered, and then rewarding the workers with full compensation upon the final and approved inspection, or as legally designated by a clearly defined contract.
See More about How to Remodel a Kitchen
- Kitchen Remodels Part 1 covers Planning and Design with Fully Explained Photos and Helpful Ideas.
- Kitchen Renovation and Remodel – Part 1
- Kitchen Remodels Part 2 covers Contractors, Permits, Codes and Inspections with Fully Explained Photos and Helpful Ideas.
- Kitchen Remodels – Part 2
- Kitchen Remodels Part 3 covers the Construction Phase with Circuits, Outlets and Lighting with Fully Explained Photos and Helpful Ideas.
- Kitchen Remodels – Part 3
Kitchen Electrical Wiring
- Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Kitchen Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects.
- Lighting For The Home and Kitchen
Lighting Electrical Codes
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