So you have made the decision to rewire your home! Welcome to the 21st Century and all it has to offer in technology, safety and convenience! What can you expect in the process?
Whether you are updating an Aluminum wiring system, a Knob and Tube System or any other system the process is very similar. The first stage is obtaining permits and planning the job. Typically the first facet of work is installing a new service. Older systems normally do not have the panel capacity to allow for the introduction of the amount of separate circuits required in modern Code cycles. So a new panel is almost always installed. Depending on the venue and the preference of the installer, your panel may move from it’s current location to a new area that could expedite the installation process or help to keep the cost of wiring materials down by shortening the runs to the individual locations. Your electric may go off in cycles during the course of the installation as rooms and areas are rewired one by one.
Your team will then begin the arduous task of installing the wire from the panel into he individual locations. This normally involves making a “path” for home runs ( wires running back to the panel from outlets, switches, etc) by cutting holes in joists in the basement or opening up walls in the garage or first floor to allow for attic access. After that the removal of existing device boxes will begin in each room as required. Wiring is re-installed. You may notice an increase in outlets in each room or location as Code has changed over the years to compel us to add an outlet every 12′ horizontally in wall spaces and other parameters as dictated. You may notice extra switches and lighting outlets installed as well for the same reasons. We try to make sure that your whole house is functioning, room by room, when we depart for the day. Depending on how your circuits are wired that may not always be possible but we strive to make the process as least obtrusive and inconvenient as possible.
New lighting is often added in the form of can lighting, ceiling fans, wall sconces, track lights or any type of system that appeals to the homeowner. We normally provide can lights and baffles but anything other than that we leave up to the homeowner as only you know what you will enjoy for the years to come! Also all rewires include the hard wired CO/Fire detection systems. These are an awesome safety device as they run on 120V and sound in unison should there ever be a problem. These are compulsory in some jurisdictions.
Surround Sound, Home Theater and Audio Systems are often included and installed during the course of a rewire, if desired. We can mount TV’s and provide you with the equipment and expertise to turn your home into a space that would rival the best theaters in town!
If your home is older it may be less likely that a job can be done without damaging the walls or ceiling materials. Homes with AL wiring in them were built in the 60’s and 70’s so the walls are drywall and the exterior walls are typically 2X4’s. This makes it very easy to cut drywall cleanly, remove device boxes with little to no damage, and the over all “wall fish” task is much easier. In older knob and tube era homes the walls are plaster lathe (Plaster over wood sticks nailed to the joists), Exterior walls can be poured concrete on the first and even second floors, lighting fixtures may have gas pipes still attached to them, and some may even still be charged with natural gas, making the task that much more difficult. Whether your home is from 1880 or 1980 we will do our best to keep the damage to a minimum and as unobtrusive as possible. Sometimes the homeowner will elect to install floor outlets to keep the damage to walls and potential repairs to a minimum as well. Floor outlets are markedly more expensive than regular outlets but the savings in damage repair may more than make up for the cost. You can expect your job site to be clean and organized at the end of each working day as well.
As your job nears completion we will make arrangements with the local jurisdiction to come out and perform their inspections as required. When the job is done the Inspector will come and check all outlets for Arc Fault performance. Check ground fault operation of the outlets. Make sure all devices are grounded. Check the panel for proper installation as well as the main grounding system. It is important that your job is inspected by the County to insure that the work is Compliant with your local regulations. In Ohio if you choose not to pull Permits the legal onus is on the homeowner NOT the Contractor. So make sure you discuss that facet with the Contractor prior to any work starting.
Drywall / Plaster repair (if any) is performed at this stage. We employ some highly competent plaster and drywall repair technicians that can return your home to a condition that would rival it’s original state. We also provide painting and priming services as well.
After the Inspection your job is complete and your home is ready for you to enjoy. You can relax knowing you have the security of a Ten Year Warranty to protect you if any problems ever arise!