Hi, I wonder if anyone could please help me with this. I'd be very grateful for any thoughts and suggestions from those more knowledgable than myself...
Background is: I have recently puchased a 3 bed victorian terrace (brick walls) which needs rewiring and I would like to do as much as I possibly can to reduce the costs of rewiring it. So, i'm basically thinking of things that take no real expertise but can be time consuming for the electrician - things such as burying the boxes for switches and sockets and drilling joists to run cable. I was also thinking that i should be able to run cable for the lights easily enough (but not connect it).
My questions are:
1) Are there diagram available for running standard lighting and socket circuits? (I think that the house wont require more than a 5A mcb circuit on each floor) Again this would just be laying the cable, leaving some excess etc, not trying to connect anything to the fuse box.
2) Is this realistic - would an electrician be likely to give me a favourable quote on the basis that this work has been done?
3) Would i be able to lay new cable alongside the old initially, so that we can use the old circuits before the new one is connected up?
4) Are there any other things which i could realistically do to save money?