House Rewire


Old 05-31-05, 08:16 AM
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Unhappy House Rewire

Hello Everyone,
I just bought a house that was built in 1941.
I looked at the electric wiring throughout and discovered that all the cables are without ground. I also inspected some circuits and found that the entire second floor is on one circuit plus a receptacle in the kitchen where I had my microwave plugged in. Obviously that kicked the breaker a couple of times before it raised my suspicion.
Anyway, I'd like to replace the wiring the 12-2 romex. The house has
a brand new cutler hammer 200 amp panel.
My problem is I grew up in Europe and did most of the electrical jobs overthere where houses are brick made and electrical wiring is ran through plastic conduits in the walls. Since my house is stick built I have no idea where and how to begin without tearing all the walls down. All the boxes are fixed in the walls and cables seems to be attached to the wood with a metal ring.
Any special tools or techniques you could suggest would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-31-05, 09:40 AM
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Do some reading. You probably have some "unlearning" to do, as things are done FAR differently here vs. Europe. A commonly recommended book is "Wiring Simplified". Should cost about $6. Read it and another book or two.

Take notes and post specific questions here on things that seem confusing.

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