Electrical Remodeling Tips For Home Renovation
Home renovations bring about all sorts of stresses – don’t let a lack of electrical remodeling tips be one of them! While renovations bring excitement into your life, the process opens the door for an assortment of issues to come forward, especially with your electricity.
Hoover Electrical, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Clinton Township, Michigan, knows how crazy home renovations are, so we gathered the best electrical remodeling tips for you!
Home Renovations and Electrical Wiring
When you renovate your home, you often stumble across issues you never knew you had. Electrical problems usually fall into this category. Say you decide to open up your kitchen. You knock down a wall only to find that your electrical wiring is aluminum—a safety hazard—instead of copper.
You need to rewire the entire house to keep the safety standard high. Aluminum wiring loosens more than copper over time, which causes fires at the outlet.
But don’t worry! Hoover electricians know when aluminum wiring needs to be replaced. Just remember – while it is possible to repair aluminum wiring, replacement is the best option to remove safety hazards.
This marks the first of our electrical remodeling tips: keep an electrician handy! Experienced electricians know the difference between a complete replacement and a quick update. Save yourself time and money—have a Hoover electrician at the ready!
Avoid Electrical Problems During Remodeling
Electrical Problem: National Electrical Code
Most important of all — remember to follow all recommendations and follow all standards as set forth in the National Electrical Code, the latest edition, and also follow local and state requirements.
Electrical Problem: Light Fixtures
Do not replace light fixtures in older homes without a grounding conductor. Replacement of light fixtures requires grounding if a metal fixture is installed, or install GFCI protection on the circuit. Non-metallic fixtures may be replaced without grounding.
Electrical Problem: Replacing Wires
NEVER replace a two-wire receptacle with a three-wire receptacle. Exception: A two-wire receptacle can be converted to a GFCI receptacle. Be sure to follow electrical code recommendations and follow proper grounding principles.
Electrical Problem: Connections
Remember each wire has its function — either the neutral, the live current or the ground; each one of them must be properly connected. A cable connector must be used to keep the metal from damaging the cable sheath and causing a short circuit.
Electrical Problem: UF Cable
F cable MUST be protected inside a conduit. This cable commonly used to bring power to other areas, but it is frequently used as an exposed wire, leaving it prone to damage.
It is ideal for branch and circuit when used as direct buried. However, since it is kind of flexible, be careful on a tight radius as it might damage the internal wiring, leading to an arc fault and fire.
Planning to Remodel Your House?
How To Make your Home Electrically Safe
Having a safe home is very essential. If you haven’t thought about it before then the remodeling of your house gives you one more chance to do it. So make sure that all your internal wirings and plug points are safe to use.
Always select the wires with the best quality and design. Compromising on other factors is better than compromising on electrical safety. This can affect the well-being of your family.
For safety, always install ground fault circuit interrupters. This can be installed in your kitchen, bathroom, garage and other spaces that may need it.
Ask your electrician to install tamper-resistant plugs. This will help in protecting your family against shock.
Always have an electrician who has a license. Electricians in reading may not be having much experience. Safety is always first. Hence make sure that your electrician is well qualified in carrying out the electrical work at your home. If your house needs to make electrical work then discuss your plan with the electrician and then proceed with the plan.
Ways to Save on Your House Remodel
Increase Efficiency, Not Size
If you can reorganize and equip your kitchen for maximum utility, you may not need to blow out the walls to gain square footage. Start by replacing space-hogging shelves with cabinet-height pullout drawers 8 inches wide, containing racks for canned goods and other items.
Bring in Natural Light Without Adding Windows
Before cutting a big hole in the side of your house and rearranging the framing, consider less invasive—and less expensive—ways of capturing light. To brighten up a windowless bath or hallway, for instance, you can install a “light tube,” which slips between roof rafters and funnels sunshine down into the living space.
Hit the Recycling Center
Do-it-yourselfers can reap big savings with recycled or lightly used fixtures and building materials. Habitat for Humanity operates about 400 ReStores nationwide, which offer salvaged materials at half off home-center prices.
Donate your Trash
Before you begin a remodeling job, invite the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to remove materials and fixtures for later resale. “About 85 percent of a house is reusable,” says B.J. Perkins, Habitat’s ReUse program manager, in Austin, Texas. “We can do a total takedown, or do a cherry-pick job and take the cabinets, the tub, the sink, and so on.”
Do Your Own Demo
Knocking down may not be as costly as rebuilding, but you can still shave dollars by doing some of the demolition yourself—as long as you proceed with care. “If a homeowner wants to demo a deck, well, I am sure they can handle that,” says Michael Winn, owner of Winn Design, in Virginia. “But when it comes to interior spaces, I would dissuade them from doing it unless they have done it before.”
At Barney’s Electric, we are proud to have the constant supervision of our boss and owner of Barney’s Electric, Barney Messenger. Including Barney, we are truly a team of electrical design specialists who are expertly trained to work closely with you during the design and construction phases of your remodel project. This practice will ensure that your expectations and your budget stay closely aligned and your complete satisfaction is our reward!
Before beginning a home remodel or addition it is crucial that you understand your budget and your goals. Electrical design and installation plans should take into account functionality, aesthetics, and include a list of both need-to-have and nice-to-have items. If you are planning on staying in your house for a long time, then perhaps items that enhance the resale value of your house are not as important to you as the must-have items. In addition, if enhancing the sales price of your home is a top consideration; your budget priorities may change to make sure those items get included at the expense of some of the nice-to-have options.