• David Darrah

Moving and Renovating Your Space

The housing market has been on fire In the past several years. Whereas homes used to be on the market for months, it is more likely they will sell in a week, days or even a few hours now. This often leaves potential home buyers settling for older, less move-in-ready homes instead of spending far more than they want just to get their feet planted in a community.


Many of these homes need serious renovations in order for owners to have the functionality their lifestyle requires. Maybe the kitchen needs renovation, or a bathroom added; extra power for an e-vehicle charging station or woodshop in the garage or a place for an RV hook up for visiting relatives. Maybe you just want more lighting or receptacles in a room that has too few. There are a myriad of projects and reasons for renovations.


Most major renovations need permits and inspections, requiring a licensed electrician. One major issue that may arise from an older home is running into solid aluminum wiring.


There are about 2 million homes in the U.S. that are believed to have solid aluminum branch-circuit wiring. For decades this type of wiring has been publicized as a potential fire and safety hazard. Today, Americans are loading up their homes with high-tech appliances and products that draw more electrical current through these aging circuits. Overloaded convenience circuits may exacerbate the issues associated with older solid aluminum wiring. This can result in overheated plugs and receptacles that may result in a fire. Research suggests that older solid aluminum wire, generally wiring installed prior to 1972 may be more likely to experience connection problems than post -1972 solid aluminum wire or copper wired connections. (Codecheck.com, Aluminum Wiring)


If this circumstance occurs, the room being renovated must be rewired as the aluminum wire cannot be reused, according to building code requirements. This is an important safety issue.


It is important to move into a safe, energy-efficient and functioning home for our ever-changing lifestyles. Renovating your home to suit your personal and work needs is important for your home value and personal well being. Contact Gringo Dave’s Electric, Inc. today at Dave@gringodaveselectric.com or 719-290-1484 to answer questions about your home or business renovation needs and individualized recommendations.



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