Would like to get some idea of what a "reasonable" cost would
be before contacting any contractors.
Job would entail replacing an old 120 amp FPE circuit breaker box with a new
probably Square D, one. To include about 20 or so new breakers, etc.
Two grand. People around in here have reported 100amp upgrades for less.
I paid more, like $2800, but they had to remove 2 old panels with
addition of the new 100amp unit, so there was a bunch re-wiring that
needed to be done.
So for a SWAG, $2K USD.
I figure roughly $500 worth of materials and one weekend worth of time.
Somehow electricians manage to earn $1000/day on such jobs. I don't
get it. What is badly needed is a service for homeowners where a
qualified individual will come in and tell the homeowner exactly what
to do (in this case) to upgrade his or her own service. They would
then come back in advance of the inspector and tell the homeowner about
anything that they did wrong so that it could be corrected. The
homeowner would also get a 24-hour hotline in case they have some
"stupid questions". Specialized tools would be loaned to the
homeowner for the duration of the activity (such as a large SDS
hammer-drill to make a hole through the foundation for the service
entrance cable). This would not work for all homeowners but would
significantly reduce the cost for many.
Hope this helps,
I bought a 200A CH panel complete with main breakers, a twin 30A
breaker, and 5 or 6 20A breakers for less than $150 at Lowe's.
Additional single breakers are $7 each, twins are $17 each.
I haven't done the job yet, but I'm guessing it might take me a day (8
hours): I'm simply replacing an existing panel by one with more spaces,
with a view to splitting some circuits and maybe adding some new ones
*later*. I don't know what an electrician might charge: in NY we paid
$90 an hour for car repairs; would it be more anywhere for an
electrician? Let's say $800 for labor -- but I don't know how complex
your job is.
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Cost me about $3,200.
While that may seem steep, several things needed to be addressed.
The house is almost 70 years old, with old cloth-type insulation on the
wires. Yank it around like it's new stuff will cause the insulation to
flake off, causing shorts.
The box needed to be moved to the other side of the house to comply with
Some of the codes for my city required some pricey materials, such as a 4"
pipe for the entry elbow, all metal conduit, and so forth.
Some new circuits needed to be run, such as a 50 amp feed for the new A/C.
Over the past 70 years, a couple amateur electricians made some very amateur
repairs/additions, which needed to be redone.
It took two days, during which I still had electricity for most of the
house, most of the time. I upgraded a 100 amp panel to a 200 amp Square D,
with a butload of extra breakers for future circuits. Everything complies
with code, and it works.
He did a fantastic job. I've had other electricians who did sloppy,
unreliable, and mostly dangerous jobs, which I ended up having fixed by the
expensive guy. He's the only contractor which I can say I get what I pay
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