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MLB Construction
Re: Rewiring whole house - looking for input

that's alot to tackle so here's my advice. do with it what you will.

find an electrician that's willing to work with you. tell him what you want to do and what's going to go where. you can run all the wire to the outlets/switches and leave them marked and hanging by the panel. then when you're done, have the electrician come in and hook everything up in the panel and install the outlets and switches.

in my opinion, no one but a licensed electrician should do any work inside the panel. not just to make sure things are properly connected but for safety. 200amps is alot of power to get zapped by and if you're spending a day or two inside the panel, the odds of a mistake happening skyrocket.

this way you can save a hell of alot of money but the safety factor will be there when the job is all done.

couple of things i noticed.....disposal is a 20 amp circuit, bedrooms and diningroom (in massachusetts) have to be on an arc fault breaker, dryer is either a double pole 30 or 40 amp circuit, bathrooms can be run on one circuit if you wish with the GFCI being at the beginning of the run.

dj1
Re: Rewiring whole house - looking for input

Check with your local power company, many power suppliers won't deal with homeowners. They require most of the work done by electricians.

But like MLB said, you may find an electrician who will be willing to work with you, and will let you do things like rough wiring, set boxes, drill holes, etc.

Re: Rewiring whole house - looking for input

Good advice MLB/Dj, just a few things I might add: changes which will be in the 2014 Code; kitchen and more will require AFCI..the goal will be AFCI w/ GFCI just about everywhere on 15A & 20A SP circuits.

Using the laundry chute for running romex: I would put it in PVC just, in case.

Consider tearing out all the sheetrock (you will save a lot of grief and discover places that should have more insulation)and any 2 wire circuits and any AL branch circuits.

Also, because of the cost of wire and AFCI breakers (15's and 20's cost the same), make all new branch circuits #12 w/g CU and use insulated staples, to be sure you don't drive metal ones too deep.

Don't forget to pre-wire for phone, cable, flat screen TV's, surround sound, smoke detectors and CO (if you have gas stove, fireplace)

canuk
Re: Rewiring whole house - looking for input
dkellenb wrote:

1 - Bath 1 20 amp outlet circuit
2 - Bath 2 20 amp outlet circuit
3 - Bath 15 amp light/fan and upper hallway circuit for both bath
4 - Dining 20 amp circuit
5 - Kitchen appliance circuit - 20 amp (even numbered outlets)
6 - Kitchen appliance circuit - 20 amp (odd numbered outlets)
7 - Refrig 20 amp (Stove is gas so not putting in circuit) Are you certain you won't require 120 volts for the gas stove -- timer clock, etc. ?
8 - Microwave 20 amp
8a - Range Vent hood 15 amp
9 - Garbage Disposal 15 Amp
10 - Dishwasher 15 Amp
11 - Kitchen & Breezeway lights 15 Amp
12 - Washer 20 Amp
13 - Dryer 20 Amp 240 volt Check the code in your area as I believe this shouild be 30 amp
14 - Lights - Living room, lower Bedroom, hallway and stairways 15 amp
15 - Outlets - Living room, Lower bedroom, hallway 20 Amp
16 - Bedroom 1st floor, hallway, stairway to basement 15 amp
17 - Lights upper Bedrooms/closets upper - 15 Amp
18 - Outlets upper Bedroom/hallway upper - 20 Amp
19 - Garage & Breezeway outlets - 20 Amp
20 - Garage Door Opener - 20 Amp
21 - Outside Front Light and outlet 20 Amp
22 - Outside Rear light and outlet 20 Amp
23 - Furnace
24 - Water Softener
25 - Basement lights and outlets East side
26 - Basement lights and outlets West side
27 - Whole house attic fan and attic light (No central air; just lots of shade)

Kudos for putting the lights on different circuits than receptacles --- that way if something plugged in to a receptacle trips the breaker at least you still have lights.

function
Re: Rewiring whole house - looking for input

Two circuits for kitchen outlets that are not dedicated to a fridge or microwave?

I tip my hat to anybody that sets up a kitchen to have two waffle makers running at one time.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Rewiring whole house - looking for input

The espresso machine pulls a fair amount of power, as does the pannini press.

dj1
Re: Rewiring whole house - looking for input

And don't forget the electric garlic crusher.

Condoman
Re: Rewiring whole house - looking for input

You should probably add a circuit for smoke/CO alarms. Bedrooms, furnace and others.

canuk
Re: Rewiring whole house - looking for input
Condoman wrote:

You should probably add a circuit for smoke/CO alarms. Bedrooms, furnace and others.

Excellent point.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Rewiring whole house - looking for input

Its required in my fair city

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