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FASTFJR
04-05-2011, 11:28 AM
Our house is about 65 years old and its time for a new box. I've had two electricians in, they have each quoted a price around 1K for the new 100 amp service box with new wires coming from outside and proper grounding etc.... 200 amp service (which we really don't need) would be about $1700. Does this price sound about right?


Crabpot Man
04-05-2011, 11:36 AM
Replacing everything from weather head to breakers, I would say very good price.

FASTFJR
04-05-2011, 11:45 AM
Replacing everything from weather head to breakers, I would say very good price.

Thanks, yes......per the quote. Furnish, wire and install (1) 100 amp service complete with new main breaker, circuit breakers, metering, service cable, cold water grounding, earth driven ground rod and gas pipe bonding.


Dead Horse
04-05-2011, 11:45 AM
price sounds close

bjm9818
04-05-2011, 11:45 AM
It all depends on how long a feeder cable you need. The current $$ of copper being off the charts, it can be the largest portion of total cost so it is really hard to tell. A grand for the job you aren't getting fleeced. Make sure he labels the new panel again if the old one is labled.

Battlewagon
04-05-2011, 11:48 AM
I suggest you have him install a generator transfer switch for the whole house. Now is the cheapest time to do it. Price for the main panel seems pretty reasonable.

bsmit24
04-05-2011, 11:51 AM
About 2 years ago I had a 200 amp panel replaced for less than $1K.

If they are just replacing the panel and reconnecting the circuits as is, not sure why there is a $700 difference between the two panels. Unless it will mean other items will need to be replaced to meet code.

twobyfour
04-05-2011, 11:54 AM
That is a very good price, I would pick the one with the best reputation and sign a contract yesterday.

FASTFJR
04-05-2011, 12:05 PM
Thanks, feeder cable is 10ft from box to meter, meter to where line comes to house is about 20ft

Crabpot Man
04-05-2011, 12:14 PM
About 2 years ago I had a 200 amp panel replaced for less than $1K.

If they are just replacing the panel and reconnecting the circuits as is, not sure why there is a $700 difference between the two panels. Unless it will mean other items will need to be replaced to meet code.

Big difference between replacing the panel and replacing the entire service.:)

bsmit24
04-05-2011, 12:31 PM
Big difference between replacing the panel and replacing the entire service.:)


Yes, I am aware of this. The 200 amp panel I had installed replaced an older 80 amp panel.

ladyjane
04-05-2011, 12:52 PM
sounds good

billinstuart
04-06-2011, 05:20 AM
It's not the amperage of the mains, it's the number of circuits available. Tiny 100 amp panel doesn't have room for expansion.

Wolakrab
04-06-2011, 08:06 AM
I suggest you have him install a generator transfer switch for the whole house. Now is the cheapest time to do it. Price for the main panel seems pretty reasonable.

Good point. You can have them replace the existing load center with a device specifically meant for generator hookups:
http://www.reliancecontrols.com/Products.aspx?pl=pl&c=&f=
You can get these panels with wired receptacles so that all you have to do is plug the genset in and you are ready for stand-by power.

Garett
04-06-2011, 08:31 AM
Make sure he labels the new panel again if the old one is labled.

Up here at least, it is code all the circuits in the service panel be labeled.



Yes, I am aware of this. The 200 amp panel I had installed replaced an older 80 amp panel.

Geeh, I've never heard of a 80 amp panel before?




If they are just replacing the panel and reconnecting the circuits as is, not sure why there is a $700 difference between the two panels. Unless it will mean other items will need to be replaced to meet code.

Meter base, 200 amp service panel & 200 amp main breaker costs a bit more than 100 amp stuff....the real reason why it cost so much more is because they can charge it. :roll Bigger of pretty much anything always costs you more.

bsmit24
04-06-2011, 08:51 AM
Geeh, I've never heard of a 80 amp panel before?


It was original to the house and the house was built in the early 50's.


Meter base, 200 amp service panel & 200 amp main breaker costs a bit more than 100 amp stuff....the real reason why it cost so much more is because they can charge it. :roll Bigger of pretty much anything always costs you more.


I did not need to change the service drop or the meter pan just the weather head, grounding rod, main breaker and breaker panel.

twentynine
04-06-2011, 10:22 AM
Go with a 200 amp service and panel.

Price you got is pretty good.

Done mine myself in 2006, nearest I can remember all incusive, weatherhead to breakers cost me nearly $1000 in materials.

PMaine
04-06-2011, 11:59 AM
I would do the job for $800-$1200 depending so I would say that quote is spot on.

Also, unless you have a lot of heavy loads (electric heat, ect) no need for more than 100 amps- however you can go with a panel that has more space in it.

FASTFJR
04-06-2011, 12:01 PM
I would do the job for $800-$1200 depending so I would say that quote is spot on.

Also, unless you have a lot of heavy loads (electric heat, ect) no need for more than 100 amps- however you can go with a panel that has more space in it.

Thanks for the info guys


Our house is on the smaller side, gas heat, hot water, cooking and clothes dryer

Flot
04-06-2011, 12:11 PM
Just curious, isn't aluminum also an option for weatherhead to pole? Advantages/disadvantages?

twentynine
04-06-2011, 12:24 PM
Power company owns from transformer/pole to weatherhead, and yes, it's aluminum. Least way mine in La. is.

CharlieFoxtrot
04-06-2011, 05:51 PM
those are very typical prices for SE pa. Id go 200a if you are considering getting central air, unless you have it now....

Just1more
04-06-2011, 06:10 PM
It's not the amperage of the mains, it's the number of circuits available. Tiny 100 amp panel doesn't have room for expansion.

Yep. :thumbsup:



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