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Old 08-19-2010, 10:25 AM   #1
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Conduit up side of house

What is typically done to rewire an old house as far as the upstairs is concerned? Are all the branch circuits brought up individually (using romex) into the attic through the interior walls or would it be easier/cheaper to run conduit up the side of the house? If you run it in the interior walls, how do you minimize the drywall damage? If anyone can point me to a site with tips/tricks for rewires, preferably with pics so i can see how the pros do this, I'd greatly appreciate it!


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Old 08-19-2010, 10:57 AM   #2
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Whether the cables are fished or run on the exterior depends on the construction of the house. Often times older homes have spaces next to plumbing where the wires can be fished. Balloon framed homes have a chase from the attic to the basement between the stud bays.


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Old 08-19-2010, 12:48 PM   #3
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The last thing I would do is run wires up the outside of the house. I think it just looks very unprofessional.
Find a way fish them even if it means cutting holes in the walls.
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I have 2 circuits that went up thru a closet
Rest of the circuits went up near the chimney
---chase where I could route wires

I would never run counduit up the side of a house

Some people run a small sub panel to the 2nd floor
Then run circuits from that
All depends upon the house, number of circuits needed etc
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