Upgrading Home Electrical Wiring
Our house needs more circuits, what is the best way to upgrade the electrical wiring? Guide for Upgrading Home Electrical Wiring.
Rewiring Home Electrical Circuits
Electrical Question: Our house needs more circuits, what is the best way to upgrade the wiring?
- I Need to Upgrade the Electrical Wiring in Our Home.
- Our problem is that our whole house seems to be wired together on one circuit.
- If we use the microwave and have the heater on in the living room the circuit breaker trips.
- The power goes out in the whole house but if we flip one switch on the circuit breaker everything comes back on.
- Its not the main switch we flip to turn it back on.
- Is there a way to fix this easily ourselves.
This electrical wiring question came from: David, a Homeowner from Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question David.
How to Upgrade Home Electrical Wiring
Application: Upgrading home electrical wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Electrical Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits, Extension Cords, and Ladders.
Construction Safety: All personal safety measures must be taken when performing remodel projects where you may come into contact with hazardous materials and environmental contaminants such as fiberglass insulation, vermiculite and asbestos, molds or mildew, as well as dust.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the project, the type of wall coverings and structural construction and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing wiring in the immediate area that may interfere with the installation should be identified and turned OFF and Tagged.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring or upgrading existing electrical circuits and wiring should always be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Guide for Upgrading Home Electrical Wiring
Planning for an electrical upgrade project is essential. Evaluate the existing home electrical wiring system compared to the current electrical code requirements. Identify faulty electrical wiring and problem areas that will require new circuit wiring.
- How Many Circuits Are Needed
The number of circuits that you have will depend on how large and how old your home is.
- Electric Panel Capabilities
Additional circuits may be added if the electrical service panel has the capacity.
- Can You Do It Yourself
Whether or not it would be easy to fix yourselves is something only you could answer.
- Dedicated Circuit Requirements
Home electrical wiring upgrades should include dedicated circuits for kitchens and laundry rooms.
- Ground Fault Circuit Protection
Safety devices such as smoke detectors and GFCI outlets are highly recommended.
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