First want to say hallo to everyone. I've been reading this ng for few
months in anticipation of house we bought and came into possesion last
friday. It being a 30 yr old house, there are few things that need to be
fixed. Furnace to start with, windows and few extra things. No suprises so
far, knew all the defficiencies before.
Anyway, my first q is re. electrical service and wiring.
The house has an all AL wiring with copper pigtails. The service is
underground 100A, with 12 pos. panel, housing mostly tandem breakers.
We are planning a major renovations in the house, incl. removal of some
walls etc. Almost eferything in the house is "original".
Since there are no free spaces in the panel, I was thinking about upgrading
it. I know it is easier and cheaper to add a subpanel, but I rather go with
a new SQ D 40 cct one. Now, since there will be a lot of upgrades, incl
plumbing, I was thinking about upgrading wiring. I would like to replace
all the wiring and receptacles, + add new ones.
I always thoung that taking off the drywall and replacing power is thew way
to go, but someone suggested to me to skip that and juist fish the wires
through the walls. Is that possible/reasonable to do in a whole house? (2
story, colonial style) In a case of one or few additional receptacles being
added, fishing seems like normal thing to do, however in a major work as
planned, I can't see it possible. Might me cheaper since no drywall
replacement is involved, but can ele. inspection be even done when fishing
Anyway, what are the options, how is this normally performed?
Also, since the panel will probably be upgraded before all the additional
work is performed, any idea on cost involved? Labour only. (I'm in