While you may not be on the next episode of “This Old House,” you may come across an old house sometime in your career. Three of the stars of “This Old House” offer the following tips forCEE News readers who are rewiring a historic home.
“You definitely have to plan things and make sure you have the best route for your wiring to go. Try to make as few holes as possible for any fishing that needs to be done. You also need to be aware of where you are drilling to make sure that it's a safe place to drill in the structure.”
Paul Kennedy, master electrician and owner of Paul J. Kennedy Jr. Electric, Methuen, Mass.
“Houses are like people's children. They take them seriously. I tell my guys that a person's most prized possession with the exception of family members is typically their house. Just treat it that way. If someone walks in your house, you want him or her to wipe his or her feet off. If it's raining out, put down some drop cloths. If you come home from a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is clean up behind a tradesman who has been at your house all day. People who are more well off tend to want to clean up less behind you.”
Allen Gallant, master electrician and owner of Gallant Electric, Lexington, Mass.
“You just have to stick with it, do the best you can and be patient.”
Pete Woodbury, journeyman electrician for Manchester Electric, Manchester, Mass.