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  • Introduction
  • When Does A House Need Rewiring?
  • How Long Does A House Wiring Last?
  • Benefits Of Rewiring
  • How To Rewire A House Without Removing Drywall
  • Should you do it by yourself? 


Rewire a house or reconstruction of a house, ensures that your electrical wires are safely set, future-proof, and compliant with current regulations. Through this, a person can not only redecorate his old house according to his choice but also make it safe for living.

A house rewire should last about at least 20 or more years. In some cases 50 years. It depends on the quality of the wire you are using and if they are placed safely or not.

When Does A House Need Rewiring?

As the ages pass, new things replace the old one. Similarly, for the safety of living souls in a home, rewiring at a certain time becomes mandatory. 

These major issues are: 

  1. Outdated electrical cords: As the electrical system becomes outdated, the chances of getting injuries becomes high. If you not replace them in time, some big accidents may happen including death.
  1. When electrics don’t meet the points: If at any point your electrics don’t meet the current regulations, then you should get them fixed as soon as possible to avoid short-circuit, fire or injury.
  1. Make alterations or additions to your wiring – all new wiring will need to conform to Part P of the Building Regulations and existing wiring will need to be improved to make sure it can cope with the additional load of the new wiring is added.

How Long Does A House Wiring Last?

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), the copper in electrical wiring can last over 100 years. But the outer protective sheathing will break down much sooner- like 50 to 70 years. So, you should consider that too.  

Benefits Of Rewiring 

There are a lot of short term as well as long term benefits of rewiring. At first, safety is the primary reason to rewire a house but there are also several functional benefits of rewiring the house.

The beneficial points:

  • Rewiring reduces the risk of any electrical accidents.  
  • Ensures that house electrics are compliant with current regulations.
  • Increases one’s home’s value for sale.
  • New fixtures and fittings can be used.
  • Sockets and switches can be replaced.
  • Use new ‘smart’ technology in your home.
  • Increases electrical capacity in your home.
  • Provides you with safe home extension    
  • Decrease of Insurance after rewiring.   
  • Allows you to redecorate the whole house
  • Get a peaceful environment in your newly wiring home.  

Rewiring a house is costly. But not more than the living souls. It ensures the safety of your house, and you can redecorate it making it a smart home. 

How To Rewire A House Without Removing Drywall?

In case of complete house rewiring, the drywall may need to be removed. But it is time-consuming and an extra expense. To avoid this extra expense, you need to know how to rewire a house without removing drywall.

See, each house is a little different from one another. But wire installation and rewiring process should be more or less the same. Might differ if the wiring is installed in an extremely poor way.

Here are some tips to help you out on rewiring a house without removing drywall.

  1.  Keep Extra Flashlight Batteries on hand while you rewire the whole house without removing drywall.
  2. Measure and Cut long wires before you start rewiring if you are working in a small space.
  3. You can do it on your own but it is better to have someone along as a helping hand.
  4. Make sure to attach it to rafters to avoid falling wires to the floor behind the drywall.
  5. Use junction boxes above every room to keep your wires organized.
  6. Call a Professional if you find it necessary.
  7. Use electrical gloves or rubber gloves while working with old wires as they can be pointy, sharp to pierce through your skin.

Should You Do It By Yourself? 

Don’t go on assumptions. If you have experience of rewiring a house, then you can go for it. But if you have no knowledge and experience, then it is better to submit the project to experts.

Rewiring a house is not an easy job to do. You should always seek help from professionals or qualified electricians. This will help you to avoid injuries and make sure your work will be safely done.

if you have any queries regarding the above article or any rewiring issue, please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification.