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Upgrading Old Home Electrical Wiring
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How to Upgrade Older Home Wiring: One consideration when upgrading older home electrical wiring would be to use Wiremold short box extensions and run Wiremold surface raceway electrical conduit between the devices to install the wires.
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This electrical question came from: Jay, a Homeowner from Fort Myers, FL.
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How to Install Surface Wiring on Concrete Walls
Application: Upgrading Older Home Electrical Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits, Extension Cords, and Ladders.
Construction Safety: All personal safety measures must be taken when performing remodel projects where you may come into contact with hazardous materials and environmental contaminants such as fiberglass insulation, vermiculite and asbestos, molds or mildew, as well as dust.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the project, the type of wall coverings and structural construction and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing wiring in the immediate area that may interfere with the installation should be identified and turned OFF and Tagged.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring or upgrading existing electrical circuits and wiring should always be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Surface Raceway Conduit for Electrical Wiring
A Solution When You Need to Install Surface Electrical Wiring
- One consideration when upgrading older home electrical wiring would be to use Wiremold short box extensions and run Wiremold surface raceway electrical conduit between the devices to install the wires.
- Another possibility is to fur out the concrete walls and each electrical device box the same depth and install the wiring to the devices.
- When basements are converted to an occupied space the walls are usually furred out to allow for the electrical wiring to be installed.
- Also, check with your local building department as ask them what is acceptable in your location.
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