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Old 05-02-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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My electrical panel has no electrical panel directory. The house used to
belong to my mother & father. And my father did all the wiring inside the
house. Its a big old farm, many room, etc.

I called an electrician, and was told, estimate around $520.00
He told me, he and a helper radio, could talk one day, plus the
time spent writing up the panel directory, which would be made
up from their notes, inspection every light switch & outlet location.

I can't do this myself. Does price seen way to high.

Your thoughts. Thanks for all who reply to this thread.

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Old 05-02-2011, 05:18 PM   #2
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why cant u do this yourself. it is very easy for able bodied DIYers. But I think thats a little steep.

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Old 05-02-2011, 07:44 PM   #3
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It is not hard to do. The price does seem steep.
How many circuits in the panel?
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:38 PM   #4
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How far does the electrician have to travel to get to your house? It seems maybe a little pricey, but not out of line. It could take a while to do every outlet and switch in the house.
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:10 PM   #5
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That job is a good DIY project----There is no reason to hire that out---Is there?
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First of all, it's a relatively simple thing to do. You will need a few things though, but I am sure you and a helper could do it very cheaply with a $20 pair of walkie talkies and some ingenuity.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:53 AM   #7
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Before we had electronic testers and walkie talkies -
we used plug-in radios (on loud) and a canned, compressed-air, air-horn
to signal (long way from the 2nd floor to the basement/garage).
Time consuming: but, it worked.
With the price of walkie talkies now - definitely, a "DIY" job.

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i tried this with the walkie-talkie by myself and it was difficult, i think an extra person would help out alot next time.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:10 AM   #9
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Yes, "mustangmike3789" -I did this on a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, full basement
house - many hours.
It would have been much easier with an assistant!

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:21 AM   #10
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I feel your pain!
Remember - "it's not a job - it's an adventure!'

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:24 AM   #11
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Lighting?
We used adapters (still a time consuming pain!).
Still, lots of fun! (Oh Boy!).

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:34 AM   #12
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I just, always wonder - why didn't they mark the panel off, in the first place!
Someone ran everything - they knew what was running where - isn't that the time to mark things!?!

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Old 05-03-2011, 10:27 AM   #13
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my guys used to tag every home run at panel with info
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Tag (label everything!?!)
Too much to ask for!

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Old 05-03-2011, 08:40 PM   #15
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this is def a DIY job i agree, as for the price, it really isn't that bad, 2 guys for 8hrs, that's 65 bucks an hour, I don't know about where you live but where i'm from we bill out at 65 an hour and 100 for 2 guys. to me that price seems reasonable, but you shouldn't need to pay this, this is an easy job your and a couple freinds!

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