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Mayzee1 05-01-2007 10:20 AM

Possible cost
Hello, I just recently purchased a repo home. It appears as though the previous owners were a little ticked about being evicted and began slicing wires. There is electricity in the main floor of the house but a couple of the basement lights dont work because the wires (romax) have been sliced (about two feet from the switch). The same is true for the garage. All the lines coming from the house to the garage are sliced at the boxes. To me this doesn't seem major, but I was hoping someone could help me get a very very general idea of the time and cost involved with getting this fixed. Thanks so much!

hbsparky 05-01-2007 11:12 AM

it all you want to save money and see junction boxes where the wires are cut, or do you want to spend a little more and maybe have replace some drywall and the whole wire, whether it's a switch leg just going from the switch to the light or if it is going to another box, it's just a question of cost and cosmetics

Mayzee1 05-01-2007 11:49 AM

Well, since it's in the basement (which is unfinished) I don't think I would mind the junction boxes throughout. The panel is right near where the basement wires are cut so even if I had to have a new wire run, would that be a big deal? I can't see any reason why drywall would have to be replaced or even dealt with. I'm not really concerned with the cosmetic aspects. The garage is unfinshed as well. Any idea on costs?

hbsparky 05-01-2007 09:26 PM

well if you are just going to replace those sections of cable, it would now depend on what the lengths and guages of wire are cut...where are you? A repo house sounds like you might be in california, haha

elementx440 05-01-2007 10:12 PM

i think i paid about $65 for a 250-foot roll of 12/2 with ground at home depot (i think thats what it was???) just go price it...

12/2 is the yellow stuff, I think that's what you should use, but let a pro recommend something...

hbsparky 05-01-2007 11:27 PM

I wouldn't advise just splicing in different sized wire for the fact that someone could come behind you, see a bigger size wire and upgrade the breaker, and having smaller wire down the circuit could cause a fire. The price for the 12/2 sounds right from element. Copper isn't cheap right now, and you can thank China for that. That is another reason that electricians are so expensive right now. We have no other choice but to pass the cost along. Homeowners that are uneducated on prices of equipment gripe about electricians being expensive, but it is really the equipment. And is it really not worth the life of your families not to let a pro work on something that could kill someone?

Speedy Petey 05-02-2007 05:52 AM

May, there is absolutely no way to even give you an approximate cost with the information given.
First off, what does "sliced" mean??? Did they completely cut the wire through, or did they just slice the sheathing?
How many places?
How big is the house?

Mayzee1 05-02-2007 07:07 AM

I am located in Western MI. Yes, the wires are cut all the way...not just the sheathing. I didn't plan for this to by a DIY sort of project so that's why I was curious to see if anyone could sort of guess about how much it would be. All your comments are appreciated! Thanks!

Mayzee1 05-02-2007 07:10 AM

Forgot this part....the house is a ranch about 1300 square feet. One wire in the basement is cut, the wire attaches to a light switch. There are also wires cut in the garage. They come out of the house into boxes on the wall and they are cut at the connection to the box. Hope this helps.

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