Well 2 more electricians were at the home today. Both are going to call me tomorrow with the estimate. Both of these guys I liked and they brought flashlights ...you would be suprised how many that "borrowed mine"
One electrician had a good idea I think...He said maybe we can convience the inspector to let us only re-wire the downstairs for now to get service on. Our case is that we are not going to live in the upstairs. We will take out 2 permits one for the down and one for the upstairs. That way we can take our time doing the upstairs and it won't cost so much. He said he has worked with the inspector on many jobs and thinks that the inspector will agree. We are not trying to pull one over on him.
To clearify we are going to hook up 100amp service for the downstairs and add another 100amp panel upstairs in the next few months. The basement makes it easy to wire the baseboards. I will cut all the exposed knob and tube out myself and remove the old floor outlets. He said he would wire the top part of some of the outlets on a switch. This way we do not have to go up into the ceiling light fixtures for now.
In a few months we mount the second 100 amp panel and run the lines through the huge attic. It makes it easy when we don't have to run the lines thru to many walls and firebreaks if the second 100 amp service is mounted on the same level. The calculation for electric heat is awful like 180,000 btu and 7.7ton cooling
Anybody see any issues with this? Right now and this winter I see myself using the oil furnance. With the amount of savings I have I don't think its a good idea to spend it all on an electric heat pump when I am pretty sure at least one of the new in 2004 oil furnances work. (there are 3 +1 small gas one from the 90's) Also it might be better for me to heat and cool just the lower part of the house for right now.