Lathe and plaster+electric+drywall


Old 11-11-15, 10:10 AM
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Lathe and plaster+electric+drywall

Buying a house with wood lathe and plaster behind paneling. I plan on running new wire in the whole house. I'd like to take the paneling off and put drywall up. Could anyone explain to me how this is done. I plan on doing the whole upstairs at 1 time. The house has a new box in it. Should I run a 100 amp box to the attic then run down to the rooms on the 2nd floor. The attic is a full walk up into attic and that's all it is is an attic it is not a finished attic with rooms just storage.
Old 11-11-15, 11:11 AM
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Are you going to leave the plaster and lath? Are you going to try to use the existing boxes?
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Remove the wood paneling.

Cut holes for new outlet boxes, etc. plus any additional holes needed to fish new wiring.

Fish the new wiring.

Install the outlet boxes with stand offs or extension rings to match the final drywall wall surface.

Put up the drywall over the plaster.

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Old 11-12-15, 11:15 AM
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Unless you have an exceptionally large or sprawling house, I wouldn't add another panel. It's usually easy enough to run the couple circuits back to the main panel and be done with it.

Also realize that since you'll be doing a significant upgrade, you'll have to ensure you're following current code. In older houses, many rooms had one or two receptacles. Now you'll need to follow the 6/12 rule (6' from a doorway and 12' max between receptacles). Dedicated 20A GFI in bathrooms (exceptions apply). Switch controlled lights in each room. AFCI breakers. etc.
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