I just had an electrician replace the old 100A fuse box of my 1954 house, with a 200A breaker box. The breaker on my meter base and wires between breaker and breaker box were also replaced with 2/0, 2/0, 2/0,
I plan on rewiring the house in the coming months for two reasons:
1) aside from the kitchen, everything else (living, dining, bath, 3 beds) is on two circuits, and
2) the old cloth wrapped wire looks rather deteriorated in places. The breaker box is in the basement (unfinished), under the kitchen.
1) I have read conflicting opinions on forums about house rewires (i.e should I go through the basement or through the attic). I gather this is more of a convenience/cost issue for contractors, but what would you all recommend? It may be worth noting that I plan on finishing the attic.
2) I plan to put each individual room on its own breaker. Are there any best practices for running the new wire (either in the basement or attic) to each room (i.e. shortest path? organized to one side/center of house?). Currently each socket/switch are connected with a daisy chain of wires across the bottom of the floor joists in the basement.
3) If I go through the basement, can I come up through an existing hole and go around the room behind the base board (to eliminate the daisy chain in the basement)? The sheetrock does not go all the way to the floor, and there is a gap below the wall studs, behind the baseboard.
4) I have seen older (100+ year old) houses in town with outlets in the baseboard. If I plan on adding outlets, is this practice still acceptable?
I apologize for all the questions in one, but they are somewhat related.