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Old 10-26-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Hello everyone I'm JB and new here. I just brought a historical Victorian that was the home of my city's founder. It was last used as a 4 apt rental unit. Currently its in awful shape, and that's even an understatement. Before I brought it the home was occupies by 30+ squatters. I paid 3k for this massive house and plan to return it to a single family home and live there. As you may have already guessed it was stripped of anything of value...no heating system, no plumbing, no electric. I'm a landlord and have taken on some pretty hard projects but nothing as ambitious as this. The home has five meters outside and four boxes in the basement. There are clean cuts to the wires across the top of the boxes and I don't see evidence of wires pulled out of the walls. I can do everything myself except the electric. My plan was to do one section at a time. I asked an electrician about the possibility of connecting one box just so I could get started with the rehab and as I progress connect more. I eventually want the house on one box. He said for safely reasons they all need to be connected at the same time. Some sections of the house are in extremely bad shape and I wanted to rehab a better section first so I could move in and then finish the rest. Do I have to connect the entire house right away? Does anyone know how much it should run for the electrical work? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.


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Old 10-26-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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Since you want only one electrical box anyway why not remove all the unneeded ones and just go with one right now?


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I think that you need to provide some pictures of the home. The amount of help available to you is enormous on this site, but we need to see what we are working with. Post a few of the outside, inside and then the areas which pertain to your questions. And good luck.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:06 PM   #4
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I would rip out the entire old service and install a temp service until you have a grasp on what you want in the future.
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Sounds to me like K Buzz has the best idea.
Not sure how it works there but around here the power company will not even turn on the power until the inside wiring is all done, inspected and signed off on by the building inspector.
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