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Old 08-29-2009, 01:04 PM   #1
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We are converting our garage to a bathroom/bedroom and I was wondering about some electrical concerns that I have. Our garage currently has a subpanel of sorts which uses fuses. The rest of the house is on breakers. If I were to do the majority of the work myself (obviously keeping code in mind) would I need to replace the fuses with breakers or would that typically pass inspection.

The garage currently has 2 outlets and lighting with a switch and garage door opener. I'm guessing it would be a matter of rerunning romex to where we'd like it. (2-4 outlets in the room, 1 in bath and one light for the BR and Bathroom)

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While the use of a fuse box and fuses is still recognized by the Code as valid wiring method, chances are that fuse box itself is not properly configured.

My guess would be that it does not have the ability of separating the neutral conductors from the grounds. Most old fuses boxes do not have this ability. You would have to check yours to see if it would qualify as a "sub-panel" before proceeding with using it. You would also have to ensure that type "S" fuses were utilized in order to be Code complaint.

That being said, it might be cost-effective to replace it with a small breaker box, with sufficient branch circuit capacity for your remodeling.

Care to take a nice high-resolution picture of that fuse box, and post it here?

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Care to take a nice high-resolution picture of that fuse box, and post it here?
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Bedroom? Unless they make AFCI fuses, you'll need a breaker subpanel.
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Our building inspector did say that the room would require an AFCI. Does anyone know what something like this would cost to install a subpanel?? Only looking for ballpark figures here.
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What does something like this typically run?
Would somewhere between $1000-1500 be close?
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Prices vary widely by area & specifics of the job
No-one can give you an accurate estimate site unseen
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While I agree and understand that estimates can and do vary, I find it hard to believe that a general guess cannot be given.
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This site is for DIY projects, not cost estimates
Discussions of this matter are not what the site is about
Threads that enter into estimated costs are generally closed
A rough estimate? Anywhere from $200 sub only to $2k to hire out
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This site is for DIY projects, not cost estimates
Discussions of this matter are not what the site is about
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A rough estimate? Anywhere from $200 sub only to $2k to hire out

Scuba Dave is right on target with this info and there are too many variations to actally give out the estamae due unforesighted situation and other issue may arise and it do actally happened more than once from my experance.

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thanks....i guess
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Okay. Heres your price. $10,000.00 plus expenses.
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Thank you. Much appreciated. Plus expenses

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