I have a cabin in an unincorporated area of north Texas where
inspections are not required. I replaced my service entrance myself,
upping my 60 setup to a 200 amp setup. The main breaker panel cost
me about $125 from Home Depot, and the meter base, pipe, gnd rod and
added another 50 bucks or so. The local electric company provided a
diagram of what was required before they would hook up to
electric company is a little different, but each that I have worked
was very helpful.....
I did the work in a weekend, and the guy from the electric company
up in a few days, called me at my office on the phone to verify it was
correct address, and hooked up the power at the top of the weatherhead,
using the same meter as before.......
So, in some places you can do the work yourself and if it meets the
requirements of the local electric company, you are done. It ain't
rocket surgery, but they will not hook it up if it doesn't meet all
Now I am a registered professional engineer and have done this many
times before for myself, but , like I said, it ain't rocket surgery.
However, unless you
have worked around it some, and seen some installations which have been
done the "right" way, you may want to hire it out, or at least find a
that knows about it to look over your work or maybe help you......
$1200 for this work is robbery......but, as that famous Mexican
philosopher Pancho T. Barnum says :
" There's a customer borne every minute"
( Hay un pendejo borne todos los minudos )