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Cost to replace aluminum wiring in a backsplit

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Posted by: from Trenton
12/5/2018 at 12:33:11 PM

I'm wondering what I should budget to replace aluminum wiring in a smaller backsplit in the Trenton area.

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Robert from ElecTriLight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time12/5/2018 at 5:07:47 PM

it would have to be based on square footage and a full rewire, based on bare studs with all insulation removed. All code would have to be followed to update the old wiring to all new and chances are your panel would require updating as well to allow AFCI breakers.

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Date/Time12/5/2018 at 5:22:10 PM

It depends how big your place is . Would be between 8k-25k for rewriting .

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Date/Time12/8/2018 at 6:18:43 PM

Hi Meredith

The previous comments are pretty accurate despite them not being very specific. One question I always ask clients is why you want to remove the AL wire? If you search the articles section of this site, you will read an article (Aluminum Wire - What's all the hype?) I have written regarding it.

The cost for this is really related to labour and not too much to material. So the easier it is to access the walls and ceilings the less expensive it will be to install. If you do a complete gut of your place, then it is a good time to look at insulation, vapour barrier, plumbing and HVAC. In most cases you are going to have to deal with some level of drywall repair, priming and painting. Even if you do a partial removal of drywall, you will end up doing a complete prime and paint anyway.

I always recommend to my clients to start on the upper floors and work their way down to the basement if they are going to do it in stages. It is also a good time to add smoke and carbon detectors to all the floors and in bedrooms where required.

Cheers

John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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