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    Hello, I'm living in an old house made by my granddad. The pipes and wiring arrangements are truly dim. Last time there is an issue with the kitchen wiring. I attempted to enhance it without anyone else. Yet, once more, it got harmed. Presently I want to counsel an electrical wiring master. So I was looking for a specialist group in my neighbourhood. I did an online hunt, and afterward, I found a superior electrical service in Toronto. Has anybody moved toward them for the administration? Would anyone be able to prompt me? It will be truly useful.
    Last edited by enriquehcox; 10-29-2020, 11:32 PM.

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    I suggest you call your local city or municipal government and speak with a building inspector.
    He should be able to refer you a properly licensed electrician.

    You need building permits and inspections etc.
    Remember, if you do it or an unlicensed electrician does it and your house burns down due to improper
    electrical wiring your homeowner's insurance will be void and will not cover you!

    Cactus Man

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    • #3
      First let me state that I am NOT an electrician! Second, so that I am totally honest with you, rewiring an old house is really a job that you should contact a professional electrician in your area, and you should be aware that whatever township or city that you live in, there are administrative legal rules and "codes" that you absolutely MUST follow to keep your family and your home safe. You may find that YOU are not allowed to do electrical work, even if it's your own house. For example, I live in NY in a small city. Here I can do some basic wiring, but little more. Even wiring my outside work shed required a Permit from the city and an inspection at two stages of that work, and I was NOT allowed to go into the electrical box (circuit breaker panel) at all. If you do the work yourself and it does not follow local electrical codes, you can be personally libel and whatever insurance you carry on your home may be subject to cancellation should your work result in harm, damage, or fire.

      Okay, that said I've rewired a couple of homes I've lived in, including this 3,000 sq ft old house that was built in 1887 and updated in the 1930's and again in the late 1950's. But in both cases I had a professional, licensed electrician that could advise me. At times it was hard work, with the biggest problem feeding new wire to places on the second floor and the third floor attic IF you have to do that. Wiring of individual outlets isn't so much a challenge as ceiling lights, as usually you can find some pathway to the outlet boxes. In many cases, the wiring may be okay, but you need to figure out the circuits, what outlet or light is on what fuse or circuit breaker. There are tools like 'circuit breaker finders' that will help you do that of course. You will need certain tools to do electrical wiring, everything from needle nose pliers to meters and circuit testers. The actual wiring, it type and gauge, outlets, switches, etc. must be precise, even the location of the wire staples and the proper type are regulated, as is the number of wires in a particular size and type of electrical box, even the length of the 'pigtail' and stripped wire are all precisely regulated.

      If I were going to approach any electrical project without any experience, I would hope that someone would convince me that I need to hire someone, particularly a good electrician OR at least have a friend who has proven experience. Electricity can kill you, even something as simple as the electrical wiring feeding the receptacle that you plug your TV into can be lethal if you don't know electricity basics!

      So, you must consult your local government body (township, village, city) and let them tell you of the requirements and perhaps provide you the names of someone who is qualified to help you. You might also want to pick up a book, either at the library or your local hardware store on electrical house wiring. Here in the U.S. I'd suggest a book that is compliant with NEC (National Electrical Code); but I don't know what the organization might be in Canada. Black & Decker's "Complete Guide to Wiring" is compliant with NEC codes, at least the last copy I bought over ten years ago. I don't know what is out there today. The point is that a good book written to your country's electrical code will at least give you some idea of the complexities of electrical wiring and may well give you the knowledge that you really need help from a professional electrician or at least someone with good experience. Your local governing body may not even allow you to do electrical work by yourself, so be forewarned!

      You might also find a volunteer organization like Habitat for Humanity or others that can advise you or at least point you to someone who can lend a hand. But remember, you absolutely MUST have a permit from whatever official office that governs your area.

      I hope this helps, and please be careful to stay out of danger,

      CWS
      Last edited by CWSmith; 10-28-2020, 07:39 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cactusman View Post
        I suggest you call your local city or municipal government and speak with a building inspector.
        He should be able to refer you a properly licensed electrician.

        You need building permits and inspections etc.
        Remember, if you do it or an unlicensed electrician does it and your house burns down due to improper
        electrical wiring your homeowner's insurance will be void and will not cover you!

        Cactus Man
        Thank you Mr. Cactus Man your word are really helpful.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CWSmith View Post
          First let me state that I am NOT an electrician! Second, so that I am totally honest with you, rewiring an old house is really a job that you should contact a professional electrician in your area, and you should be aware that whatever township or city that you live in, there are administrative legal rules and "codes" that you absolutely MUST follow to keep your family and your home safe. You may find that YOU are not allowed to do electrical work, even if it's your own house. For example, I live in NY in a small city. Here I can do some basic wiring, but little more. Even wiring my outside work shed required a Permit from the city and an inspection at two stages of that work, and I was NOT allowed to go into the electrical box (circuit breaker panel) at all. If you do the work yourself and it does not follow local electrical codes, you can be personally libel and whatever insurance you carry on your home may be subject to cancellation should your work result in harm, damage, or fire.

          Okay, that said I've rewired a couple of homes I've lived in, including this 3,000 sq ft old house that was built in 1887 and updated in the 1930's and again in the late 1950's. But in both cases I had a professional, licensed electrician that could advise me. At times it was hard work, with the biggest problem feeding new wire to places on the second floor and the third floor attic IF you have to do that. Wiring of individual outlets isn't so much a challenge as ceiling lights, as usually you can find some pathway to the outlet boxes. In many cases, the wiring may be okay, but you need to figure out the circuits, what outlet or light is on what fuse or circuit breaker. There are tools like 'circuit breaker finders' that will help you do that of course. You will need certain tools to do electrical wiring, everything from needle nose pliers to meters and circuit testers. The actual wiring, it type and gauge, outlets, switches, etc. must be precise, even the location of the wire staples and the proper type are regulated, as is the number of wires in a particular size and type of electrical box, even the length of the 'pigtail' and stripped wire are all precisely regulated.

          If I were going to approach any electrical project without any experience, I would hope that someone would convince me that I need to hire someone, particularly a good electrician OR at least have a friend who has proven experience. Electricity can kill you, even something as simple as the electrical wiring feeding the receptacle that you plug your TV into can be lethal if you don't know electricity basics!

          So, you must consult your local government body (township, village, city) and let them tell you of the requirements and perhaps provide you the names of someone who is qualified to help you. You might also want to pick up a book, either at the library or your local hardware store on electrical house wiring. Here in the U.S. I'd suggest a book that is compliant with NEC (National Electrical Code); but I don't know what the organization might be in Canada. Black & Decker's "Complete Guide to Wiring" is compliant with NEC codes, at least the last copy I bought over ten years ago. I don't know what is out there today. The point is that a good book written to your country's electrical code will at least give you some idea of the complexities of electrical wiring and may well give you the knowledge that you really need help from a professional electrician or at least someone with good experience. Your local governing body may not even allow you to do electrical work by yourself, so be forewarned!

          You might also find a volunteer organization like Habitat for Humanity or others that can advise you or at least point you to someone who can lend a hand. But remember, you absolutely MUST have a permit from whatever official office that governs your area.

          I hope this helps, and please be careful to stay out of danger,

          CWS
          I'm really grateful for your consideration. I'm thanking you for your valuable words

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