I have a 1922, 1350 sq ft Craftsman/Bungalow home with a breaker box that
needs updating /
replacing. All knob and tube to be removed/ replaced and all new GFR's in
all rooms approx 20. The estimate came in at $7300. Does this seem
reasonable. Said job to take approx 6-7 days. Any feedback greatly
No one here can tell you if $7300 is high or low. We have no knowledge
of the extent of the work. The best advice is to get 3 or more
estimates, then thouroughly check the references, BBB, etc, of the one
you want to go with. Even better is to find contractors via people you
know who have used them.
That would seem high if it were just replacing and upgrading the panel,
but removing and replacing old K&T wiring will add a LOT of time and
As others have noted, get several quotes and compare. Be sure they are
detailed quotes listing exactly what work is to be done.
Things to keep in mind are:
Exactly how much of the old K&T is expected to be removed? I would
expect accessible K&T to be removed and inaccessible K&T i.e. buried
in-wall to be abandoned in place, with new wire (likely romex) pulled to
all outlets, switches, etc.
Quotes should indicate that receptacles and switches will be replaced
with new items. In some cases the electrical boxes may require
replacement as well as some old boxes are too small by today's codes.
Size (both amps and spaces) and brand of new panel to be installed.
There is a fair range of quality among new panels and while a small
panel (amp / spaces) may be cheaper in the short term they are not good
long term. For that size house I'd saw a 100A panel is acceptable, but I
wouldn't consider less than about 32 spaces (they fill up fast). For
panels, Square D QO series is about the best and Bryant is about the
worst. GE, Siemans and Cuttler-Hammer are all decent mid-range brands,
Square D Homeline series falls in this range.
Be sure to verify correct permitting, inspections and insurance as well.
Not sure what state you're in, but here in AZ it's pretty easy to do
preliminary license checks on a contractor. You just go to the
Registrar of Contractors website, plug in his license number, and it
brings up a page with license details and summary of complaints, if
any. Maybe you have something similar where you live.
You know exactly why she mentioned it. It's the same reason that
spammers send email with FREE! or SEX! or FREE SEX! in the subject
line. They're hoping that it will increase the chances of it being
read and receiving a response.
Gender wouldn't have normally entered into a purely technical/financial
question in the first place. Do you think that the answers would have
been skewed or inaccurate without that information? Of course not.
Prominently placing unnecessary gender information in the subject line
is simply advertising using sex to sell.
I used to live around Texas Women's University. Even though they no
longer practice the discrimination the name suggests, students wanted
to keep the name. I normally don't want to be involved with names that
suggest unreasonable discrimination.
I was (also) off put by the single woman thing. I wonder if she
announces when she goes to the grocery store..'single woman needs head
of lettuce'... ?? Single woman needs a pack of cigarettes...?? single
woman needs sanitary napkins...??
The whole pimpin' thing is getting old already. Is there any situation
(nowadays) where a woman wont involve her ass?
And my experience is most single women aren't. Those that usually
announce they are, are usually just looking to add to their (man)
collection or save some money or get some attention..; And most (at
least) have some kind of chump around they ask for advice (aka her
If you come on to a board like this and say something like that, people
should give you the WRONG advice just to teach you a lesson..
Well, other posters have pointed out that there is really no way to do
an estimate sight unseen. I would say that 6-7k would be a steal for
where I live. we build small affordable houses, and they cost 8-9k to
wire. That's new construction, which should be much faster than what
you are doing.
I once read a story about a single woman living in an apartment in New York.
She made friends with a single guy who lived in the building. Every so
often, she would have a problem, invite him up to solve it, and, in return,
prepare dinner. The mental conversations went like this:
She: "He can put up a new towel rack that won't fall down - all I have to do
is throw a couple more potatoes in the pot. He's a miracle worker!"
He: "For the right kind of fifty-cent bolt, I get a homemade rack-of-lamb
dinner. She's a miracle worker!"
Then they had sex.
As others have suggested, it's difficult to tell whether it's
reasonable or not. Much depends on exactly how much of the job
they'll do. Eg: will they repair the holes they put in the walls?
How many circuits do they plan on? Upgrading the main?
6-7 days suggests a relatively small job for one electrician.
It's probably worth while trying to get a fourth quote.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It\'s not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
I have a very good visualization of what 1350 sg ft looks like.
But there's a lot of information missing here and I have only
read the last reply posted here.
What is a Craftsman/Bungalow home?
Does it have a basement or an attic?
Is the 1350 sg ft the total space or the space per floor?
Did you get a home inspection report?
Why did you buy a home with wiring not up to current code?
Where is it located?
And there are more questions!
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