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Kitchen renovation wiring in Etobicoke and Toronto

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Pot light installation
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Under cabinet wiring

Safe GFCI near sinks

Small job & short repair

Bring power to island plugs

Under cabinet lights and switch

Run lines to stove and dishwasher

Above counter plugs, split receptacles

Fridge, microwave, any appliance dedicated line

Add new circuits, hang lights, move boxes & switches

Tripping breaker troubleshooting, restore lost power. Socket, switch and light installation under cupboards or inside cabinets

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These tips could cut your renovation price tag by up to 50%!

Here you go: think, self-educate, plan, budget, list, mark, prepare, execute. The more time you dedicate to the preceding, the less time and money you will eventually spend.

Rip off as much of the old plaster first, if you can. It will make HVAC, wiring and plumbing parts of the project much faster, easier and cheaper.

If you're relocating a sink or an appliance, consider tearing down the old gyprock or its part first. Installing all new vents, wires, pipes and drywall could sometimes cost less than making and patching holes. After struggling with the new system installation beneath the 50 year old plaster you may well end up with paying more for something that does not look perfect.

Before calling this remodeling electrician in Toronto please think and mark locations of every device. And then again visualize and mark. And again!

Make a list of lights, wall receptacles, appliances and place large stickers on studs and ceiling joists marking their locations.

Be sure to choose locations where cable outlets and phone jacks will be placed and consider more of them if you use corded landline phone, computer, TV, etc.

Love potlights AKA recessed luminaires? Then tell us to rough-in for extra fixtures.

If more rooms are renovated in addition to the kitchen, the same goes for surround sound. If there is a plan to have a home theatre, consider running cables in preparation for finishing the room. It will be much cheaper to do before the drywall goes up. And you won't need to cut the new walls/ceilings in a couple of weeks after completion of the venture.

Spending ten extra hours on browsing and reading online DIY forums, planning and marking could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars and tons of frustration!

After all the above was done, call contractors to finish HVAC first, then rough-in wiring and plumbing. Do not forget about hard-wired smoke detectors, TV coax cabling, telephone, and security. Ethernet network lines are still faster, more secure and reliable than WIFI.

Check and re-check operation of every HVAC, TV, internet, telephone, wiring and plumbing point and device again prior to plastering, finishing and painting.

List of things that would slow down the work and cost you more:

1) Fishing behind plaster could take up to 50 fold more time than open frame wiring. That is why finished walls and ceilings make HVAC, wiring and plumbing work much slower, harder and expensive.

2) Fishing behind wooden paneling, tiles, crown molding, ornaments or decorations is especially hard and expensive.

3) As well as when the walls are made of lath and plaster, two or more layers of drywall, lath + plaster + drywall, lath + plaster + two or more layers of drywall, wood, plywood or similar paneling, steel mesh, fiberglass thermal insulation.

4) Hollow space beneath the plaster that is less than 3 1/2" deep or is full of debris and is not hollow anymore.

5) Solid mortar, brick, or concrete part of the structure without hollow space that requires hidden wiring.

6) Age of the house. The older it is, the more time, effort and money is needed to do the same job.

7) Hoarder house.

8) Populated house full of occupants, furniture and stuff.

9) Pets. We are not responsible for pets. Never, ever.

10) Scrimping on planning and design for the entire project and electrical part of it by homeowners.

11) DO NOT INSTALL new floor, drywall, baseboards etc. Do not close, patch, paint, or finish any holes until all the HVAC, plumbing, electrical work has been finished, tested, and commissioned.

Things that would speed it up and cost less:

Any room:

Plan, think over and use large stickers to mark the location of each light on the ceiling.

And mark location of every switch, receptacle, light, appliance.

Mark each type of device with a sticker of different color.

You are responsible for labeling. Our job is putting each item at the marked spot.

Make a separate list of things to do for every room.

Especially in the kitchen:

It is critical to engage every family member in the planning process. If a man could be more familiar with technical issues and able to manage the project, a woman could be using it more often. Therefore her opinion or preferences should have the highest priority.

Prepare a list of major appliances, like fridge and stove and small, like microwave or coffee machine and mark their locations.

Fridge and range manufacturers make a cavity or niche at the back of appliances to allow for the receptacle. Invest time and figure out the best location for each wall socket to fit into that recess. This would allow us to position each outlet in the right place and push the appliance all the way back against the wall.

Take a picture of the range large male plug that is attached to the end of a cord. And a picture of the main panel and any sub-panels and email to us. Viewing any images would be helpful allowing tradesmen to come prepared with all the parts and materials needed. Remember, each picture is worth a thousand words!

Together with cabinet craftsmen mark locations of every over the counter socket and under cabinet switch and light fixture before placing cabinets. It will take us up to 50% less time to run wires and set outlets before the counter and cabinets are up.

If new ducts or vents are necessary, do them first. HVAC guys need to open walls and ceiling to run vents and ducts. This could significantly speed up plumbing and wiring parts of the job afterwards.

Keep testing the working condition of each item of the system as often as you can. If an old or a new cable was cut off, drilled or nailed through during framing, drywalling, flooring or hanging cabinets, you better discover who was responsible and fix it right away.

- First, you do not have to pay for someone else's fault!

- Second, you can not blame the electrician who, several days ago, has tested and demonstrated everything working in front of you.

- Third, avoid tearing up the newly painted surface a day or two after everything was completed, just because you did not keep checking to ensure the system's integrity.

If you were lucky to have read this text before starting the renovation, you could have saved from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending of the project size!

Comments and questions

Sarah said...

Thanks God I found this post 6 months before renovating the kitchen. The key was making a note of each of your ideas, creating drawings, making floor and wall plans, measuring and remeasuring. Creating a checklist of things to do one by one in correct order. Then marking everything with stickers. And finally hiring the right tradesmen.

If a plumber or an electrician did an excellent job ask him to refer other tradesmen.

I did. And this electrician gave me experts, all of them friendly, honest, fast and highly skilled!

Thank you.

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