electrical wiring

Old 12-29-11, 11:17 AM
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electrical wiring

I want to know if it worth re-wiring my house wile I have sheet rock down.
The house was built in the early 60's.
It has circuit breakers and 2 conductor 12 gauge copper wiring with ground, but I have never seen this type of wire. It is labeled "Diamond DTX 12-2-6 Type NM 6oo volt".
It is like Romex except it has a cloth like coating instead of PVC.
Old 12-29-11, 01:09 PM
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Welcome to the forums! There's no question this upgrade needs to be done, now. It will not only give you the grounded system you need, it will boost your resale value. You will need to obtain a permit for it and have it inspected, but if you do it right, you can thank us later.
Old 12-30-11, 06:31 AM
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That is an early generation of NM cables used today. While it may have been fine when installed it is reaching the end of its' useful life. Now is the time to rewire while the walls are open. Consider adding new receptacles where needed.

New requirements like tamper resistant receptacles, GFI and AFCI protection will also likely be required.

Your building officials will also likely require dual powered interconnected hard-wired smoke alarms.

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Old 12-30-11, 04:41 PM
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pcboss has given you some good advice. In addition, your early generation 12-2/G NM cables likely have a reduced size grounding conductor that could be as small as a #16. I'd definitely rewire everything you possibly can while the walls are open.

Your building officials will also likely require hard-wired smoke alarms.
I would venture a guess that the AHJ will want interconnected hard-wired detectors with battery backup.

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