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TxBuilder 11-30-2006 05:34 PM

Electricians, what do you think?
I have an old Federal panel and an older 50's main box that needs replacing as well as a riser put up as the lines are too low.

I got a quote for 1600 to do;

Remove exisiting electrical service.
Install a new 200AMP electrical service in same location.
Install 36" riser with support.
Install a 40 circuit 200AMP Square D Homeline panel.
Install new breakers for existing branch circuits.
Furinish permit.

What do you all think of the price for all that?

asbestos 11-30-2006 06:37 PM

not that I know, but that sounds like a lot of work and parts. Also do you really want this to go to the lowest bidder? Find a good electrician who will do quality work, and you will be happy (and safe) with it. IMO

mudmixer 11-30-2006 07:26 PM

Cheaper than a fire and you get an upgraded service. - Sounds reasonable, but I am not aware of your local conditions.

You could probably get it cheaper, but get some references and follow up. The professionalism and finishing details an make a difference.

petey_racer 11-30-2006 08:08 PM

$1600 is becoming the low side of a 200 amp service replacement fomr a real contractor.
It is especially cheap for a mast service.

glennjanie 12-01-2006 08:46 AM

Helo TX:
Hey, it sounds like a deal to me! If he does a job half as neat as Square-Eye does, you will be well pleased with it.

Square Eye 12-01-2006 04:15 PM

In just the past 5 years, the cost of wire has more than tripled. I remember when I could buy a 250ft roll of #12-2/wg for arond $30.00. Now that same roll of wire will cost you over $100.00. $1600.00 sounded high to me at first, then I consider the rate of price increases and it doesn't sound bad at all. Better get it done before the prices go up again.

inspectorD 12-02-2006 10:48 PM

Up here you see $2500 basic service upgrade.....mabey I need to move somewhere less expensive.
A service is a service is a service ......:eek:

petey_racer 12-03-2006 06:00 AM


Originally Posted by inspectorD (Post 6842)
A service is a service is a service ......:eek:

While this is true, you know what they say. Location is everything!

I am probably an hour from you (I am about 1/2 hr. from the CT line) and I can't get anything near that......yet.

petey_racer 12-03-2006 06:02 AM

Square, you need to come out here. I have been paying in the $80's for 12/2 for several months now. :p

JoeD 12-03-2006 03:42 PM

Pricing is entirely regional. I have heard of that job costing anywhere from $800-$1000 in the east to $2500-$3000 in California.

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