wiring in century old home

Old 08-12-03, 04:31 PM
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wiring in century old home

I am thinking of buying the old home I am renting. Having had a total loss electrical fire 2 years ago I am a bit paranoid. The owner 'thinks' the wiring is original. I am not having any problems at this point. Should I be worried? How do they check the wiring, how do they replace the wiring and is it a costly task?
Old 08-12-03, 05:56 PM
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I had my old house rewired. Put together a plan for what you might want in the way of outlets for the future. Call some electricians and get quotes for rewiring the house to include the new service. This way you will have some insight into what they think about the existing service and what you plan and can give you some numbers. This way you have something written from someone who has actually seen the wiring and the property.

I had 30 outlets installed, service balanced, wiring corrected, such as single outlet for refrigerator, all wiring traced, and panel upgrade to 200 amps = $3000.

Hope this helps.
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The cost can vary very widely. You may be able to do it for what it cost chfite, or it may cost you three times as much. It depends on the size of your house, the type of construction, how old the wiring is, what city you live in, and what work they did to repair from the electrical fire.

A home inspector should be engaged in any case. This is essential for any home purchase, especially an older home. The home inspector will inspect everything and will give you an idea of what the problems are, electrical and otherwise. He will probably then recommend that you have an electrician do a further evaluation.
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What exactly did the insurance company fix after the fire loss? You'd think they would have rectified a fair amount of problems.
Sinle level homes over a basement or accessible crawn space are a "breeze" to work on. Multi level homes or the ones with the flat roofs or on a slab are "horrible"
The best way to "remodel" the electrical would be to do it when you remodel the house itself. Much easier.

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