Updating old house wiring
Sponsored by the USDA, the grants of up to ,500 are awarded to seniors 62 years of age and older to renovate and repair their homes.Recipients are required to keep their homes for at least three years after the repairs.The total cost to weatherize a home averages ,500 under this program.The Department of Housing and Urban Development sponsors the Public Housing Capital Fund program (hud.gov).My 1938 house is full of plaster walls and ceilings. All plaster surfaces are in great shape, I've been told.There's one main texture pattern, which is on 75% of the plastered walls and ceilings, 3 other textured patterns and a smoothed pattern in the bathrooms and kitchen (see attached photos).
Currently, the house has mostly K&T wiring (which the electrical inspector said was in great shape (for what it is), so I will leave it alone), but the wiring sits behind the lovely plaster.
I want to update my home's electrical circuitry; run more wiring, add more outlets, etc. All the electricians I've gotten estimates from so far have said they'd have to tear up the plaster walls to add new lines on the first floor.
It would be a tedious mess to repair the installation damage and I would need to hire a plaster specialist to restore the existing patterns. I live near Chicago and it's code around here that all electrical wiring be enclosed in (EMT) steel conduit and boxes.
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Grants cover construction costs of new public housing units, as well as modernization and improvement projects to existing residential structures. Luxury improvements to housing structures, however, are not permitted with grant funds.