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RDX
Rewire Entire House

I bought an home built in 1930. It is a complete mess. currently occupied by transients. I am going to gut the whole thing. After I pull all the old plaster off the walls everything will be exposed. I want to run new electrical in the whole house. it is a 2 story ( main floor and a basement with 3 bedrooms)

What can I expect in terms of cost and time?

MLB Construction
Re: Rewire Entire House

see my answer to your other post.....same answer applies

Fencepost
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A million bucks and a hundred years. :cool:

Seriously, there are far too many variables and you haven't provided enough information. How big is the house? How many stories? What is the going rate for electricians in your area? Are you planning to use electric heat or some other fuel source? Are you going to do the work yourself? Too many unknowns to get even an educated guess in an 0nline forum.

For a 2000 square foot home with gas heat doing the absolute minimum you could spend $3000 just on materials. You could spend double that. You could spend half that. Calling some electricians for estimates will be your best bet, even if you plan to do the work yourself.

Now if you have any questions on the best way to do something, we can probably help you there.

RDX
Re: Rewire Entire House

thank you very much for the replies.

MtMan54
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Hi, If you are going to rewire then I would use #10 wire to keep your electric bill lower, forget about the #14 and #12 wire. Thanks

JLMCDANIEL
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MtMan54 wrote:

Hi, If you are going to rewire then I would use #10 wire to keep your electric bill lower, forget about the #14 and #12 wire. Thanks

WHAT??????? The additional cost of the cabling will out cost years and years of savings.

dj1
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JLMCDANIEL wrote:

WHAT??????? The additional cost of the cabling will out cost years and years of savings.

Not to mention the difficulty in working with #10 wires.

MtMan54
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dj1 wrote:

Not to mention the difficulty in working with #10 wires.

Hi, I will make it easier for you if this is to difficult. Use #10 wires for the first 3/4 of each run and then use #12 wires for the last 1/4 of each run. Will this make you happy? Thanks

dj1
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MtMan54 wrote:

Hi, I will make it easier for you if this is to difficult. Use #10 wires for the first 3/4 of each run and then use #12 wires for the last 1/4 of each run. Will this make you happy? Thanks

Is this how you re-wire homes?

MtMan54
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dj1 wrote:

Is this how you re-wire homes?

Hi, If this was not important, then I would not say anything. Thanks

Fencepost
Re: Rewire Entire House
MtMan54 wrote:

Hi, If you are going to rewire then I would use #10 wire to keep your electric bill lower, forget about the #14 and #12 wire. Thanks

I don't know what you're smoking, but it's certainly not #12 or #14 wires unless you're trying to run 30A loads on them.

Wires don't consume electricity; they transmit it. A larger wire isn't going to be any more energy efficient than a wire that is properly sized for the load. The size of the wire isn't going to change your electric bill any more than reducing the number of outlets installed in your home.

What a larger wire will be is more expensive and harder to work with. For fixed lighting circuits, you can use #14 wires and limit the load to about 12A (even though the circuit is rated for 15A, the NEC requires a continuous load not exceed 80% of the circuit rating). Except for kitchens & bathrooms, receptacle circuits may be wired with #14 (on a 15A breaker) though #12 (with a 20A breaker) is a good idea.

Having light fixtures on separate circuits from receptacle outlets is a very, very good idea. That way, when a breaker trips, you'll still be able to have light in the room whether from the fixture or a portable lamp.

There is no point in running oversized wire unless the circuit is an excessively long run (~100 feet; there are voltage drop calculations you can do but that's beyond the scope of this discussion). You're not allowed install 15A or 20A receptacles on a 30A circuit anyway.

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