Older Home Wiring Replacement
Do you have an older home? Do you have older electrical wiring?
Perfect! You have come to the right place! Kuhlman Electrical Services specializes in wiring replacement within existing homes, also known as “old work” installations.
We have been rewiring homes for years now, and there is nothing we have not seen yet. We especially love the trickier homes, ones that challenge us to come up with new methods to fish wiring around. We of course will also do the “easier” homes too!
One of my favorite older homes rewires we ever did was in Worcester in the beginning of 2018. This home was built in the early 1900’s and still had a good amount of knob and tube wiring remaining. This house had something we had not seen up to this point – Swedish fabric ceilings! Yes that’s right, instead of having a typical plaster and lat ceiling from this era, this home was built with fabric ceilings. When looking at it, you honestly couldn’t tell it was fabric. It’s wasn’t until you pushed it and watched it ripple across the ceiling towards the crown molding and walls in all directions. The owners of this house were very proud of their ceilings and of course did not want to ruin or put holes in them. We had to take great care and do things a bit differently to rewire this home while not poking ANY holes in the ceilings. This was a fun one for sure! It was pretty funny, the owner said they could not find an electrician who would touch their house until they found us, we were up the challenge!! And yes we successfully rewired the house without damaging the cloth ceilings!
That was a good example of a really tricky job we took on with great confidence and eagerness to make it work. Most homes do not pose those kinds of challenges and we don’t want you to think we don’t rewire the “easier” homes too! What’s an easier home you may ask? Homes that have an unfinished basement AND an unfinished attic. When you have an unfinished space above and below living space, it makes access to those living spaces MUCH easier. These homes usually have a chase, chimney or stack pipe that runs from the basement to attic which gives us a great way to run new circuits from the panel to the new outlets/lights. All these things combined make for the easier homes we deal with.
All of the homes that have either BX wiring (otherwise known as early armored cable) or knob and tube wiring have plaster and lat ceilings/walls. We specialize in being able to carefully deal with these walls / ceilings without having them fall apart. Although I will say there are SOME homes where the ceilings may already be cracking/falling apart and any further holes will continue to cause it to degrade.
Other challenges of older homes we work with–
- Large crown moldings
- Tin ceilings (these are cool, and not super common!)
- LARGE Victorian era homes
- Wall paper
- Antique lights
- 1700 (These ones are fun!!) and 1800 era homes
1700 era homes
You may be wondering, electricity was not invented at that time, how do these homes have these older types of wiring? They were remolded during the early 1900’s or late 1800’s and had knob and tube or BX wiring installed. The 1700 era homes are very challenging that’s for sure. During the last home we rewired, we joked that it seemed as though when they were building the home, they had extra wood and stuck it randomly in walls and ceiling. In other words these homes are really tough to fish wiring!
When we say we specialize in older homes rewiring, we mean it.
We spend a tremendous amount of time training our electricians on how to handle special circumstances. We also have our office staff visit jobs from time to time so they can visualize how these jobs work when they are speaking to customers. We take PRIDE in being what we believe is the number one residential electrician in Massachusetts
We promise you will not find an electrical company more excited to rewire your home!
Please find more information on particular wiring types on other pages of this website including:
The History of Electrical Wiring