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Old 10-12-2015, 10:36 AM   #1
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Would you recommend wiring an attic yourself?


I want to finish the attic on my 1 1/2 story home. There's already one overhead light up there, but I want to put in at least two more and put in a few outlets. My working knowledge of home electrical is limited, but I'm fairly handy and willing to put in the time to learn. Is this something a DIYer can do safely with a little bit of research, or am I wasting my time trying to learn?
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A good DIY project. Get a building and electrical permit first.
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A good DIY project. Get a building and electrical permit first.
That would depend entirely on where the OP lives, right?
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Sure a good DIY project
Don't rush in, take your time,
Research everything.
Definatly get permits,
They can advise what
you need to do.
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It depends on what the rules are in your community.

First check with your building inspectors office to see if a homeowner is allowed to do this.

And if they allow it go for it.

Get the permits, use the inspection service vigorously,

It is a logic and common sense DIY application.

And YES I would and have done it several times.

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And what's this area going to be used for? Living space
At least 90% of the time most attics where not even designed for storage.
What size are the floor joist and what's the free spans.
Stick built or trusses?
Living space or a bedroom opens up a whole new can of worms.
It's going involve the health dept., zoning, changes the wiring code, egress windows.
Adding your location may help figuring things out by someone more local.
Right now for all we know you you could be anyplace on the planet.
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Appreciate the feedback!


Thanks, everyone, for throwing in your two cents! FIY - I live in Minneapolis.
Sounds like the consensus is to figure out the permit, then proceed from there. The attic is ready to be finished (many of the neighbors with similar houses have finished theirs), so I don't anticipate any problems on that end. Just need to get it wired, so I can get going on the closed-cell spray insulation.
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That would depend entirely on where the OP lives, right?
sure, if he lives where no permits are required, then no need to get them. if he lives were permits are required then he needs to get them. i guess the most important word there is "required" in the context of the two statements i made using the word "required".
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Does not matter what the guy next door has done.
Was it legally done?
May work out fine until you go to sell the house at some point.
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What size are the floor joist and what's the free spans.
Stick built or trusses?
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this is a good question,

most attics are not built to be used as a floor
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Would I recommend wiring an attic by yourself? Definitely. This is a good project for a DIYer, and fun too. Just make sure you know what you are doing and follow the codes. Don't try it if you have no idea. Research it first.

P.S. Wire the grounds properly please! I've seen neglected ground wires very often.
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