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National Electrical Code: Things You Should Know When Rewiring Your Home


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An electrical rewire means replacing some or all of the wiring in the home, and this is a job for someone who is both qualified and experienced in rewiring residential properties. Due to the dangers of working with electricity, wiring must conform to local government standards, and the electrician would be familiar with the regulations, and would follow them at all times.

Earth connections

Electricity always runs to earth, and each appliance should be earthed, to prevent the actual appliance becoming live, which could cause electrocution. If one is unsure if the home has been earthed, look under the kitchen sink, and one should see a green and yellow cable that is bolted to the sink, which runs to earth.  If a person needs rewiring and lives in Western Australia, there are online solutions to help one find an electrician in Fremantle, Perth, or any other city, and by choosing someone local, it is more convenient.

List the electrical needs

Undertake an electrical inventory, which is a list of all the devices and appliances one intends to use throughout the house. Only then can one know the level of power required, and the home can be wired accordingly. If one lives in Western Australia, this can be carried out by an electrician in Fremantle, and they can advise on the wiring requirements.

Think about repairs

With most rewiring jobs, there is a degree of making good, as channels might have to be cut into plaster walls, and floor boards raised. Modern wiring does not allow for surface cables, so everything must either be sunk into the wall, or hidden under the floor. A reputable electrician would always make good when rewiring, but it is always best to make it clear that this is included in the quote.

Make a clear list of requirements

When talking to the electrician, be clear about where you want light switches and power points, along with the number of outlets required. Once the tradesperson has the list, he or she can decide how best to meet those requirements, and try not to tell them how to do it, only what one requires. Nobody minds being told what to do, but most professionals do not like to be told “how” to do their job.

Think of the future

Rewiring a house needs a little foresight, so consider if the family might need extra power outlets at some point in the future, and factor those into the rewiring. The electrician can make provisions so that any future additions can be easily completed, if they are told about these requirements.

The right electrician

Rewiring a house can be carried out by any qualified electrician, although it is advisable to use someone that has at least a few years of hands-on experience in rewiring homes. If one is stuck for finding the right person, an online search would reveal a qualified electrician in the local community, and they can drop by and give a quotation. Rewiring a property is not something for the DIY enthusiast to tackle, so make sure one uses a qualified electrician, who can safely rewire the house.