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Leenders 08-18-2006 09:09 PM

Aluminum to Copper

The condo that I currently own is all aluminum wiring. I am interested in having it all changed to copper wiring. The condo is about 1200sqft, small side of a 2bedroom townhouse.

What kind of price should I expect?

How big is this job?


Speedy Petey 08-18-2006 09:24 PM

$2000-$10000 USD.

There a LOT of info you omitted.
Attic? Basement? Crawl space? Ceiling height?

mdshunk 08-18-2006 09:37 PM

I have two questions for you on that matter:

1) Are you sure that all the wiring in your condo is aluminium?
- often, folks see the big aluminium feeder in their panel (which is normal, still today) and mistakenly think they have all aluminium wiring.
- older wiring was done with tin plated copper, which looks like aluminium at first blush.
2) What compels you to want it all replaced?
-that is the knee jerk reaction, but aluminium wired homes can be maintained in a safe condition. Take out a service contract with your electrician for annual PM. It will be much, much cheaper than rewiring the condo.

Leenders 08-18-2006 09:57 PM

Excellent info guys. I kind of had that sort of figure in my head.

I'm looking into a service contract Monday morning.

Thanks again.

J187 08-21-2006 07:54 AM

A good reason for changing might be that a lot of people strongly beleive insurance companies are going to crack down majorly on aluminum wired homes. Premptively changing may avoid a nice jack in price of changing later on.

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