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Old 09-11-2007, 08:28 PM   #1
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I live in what i believe to be a pretty old house, we have ************ty electric running everywhere. We have a 3rd floor (where there is nothing hooked up to the electric), a second floor with 3 rooms (where there are some lights and an a/c hooked up tot he electric) a first floor (with a tv, lights, 2 computers and some other random ************ hooked up to it) and a basement, with a bunch of fluro lights and fish tanks hooked tot he eletric...
all of that is hooked up to one small breaker, so if i turn on an etra fan or somehting the breaker trips....

my question to anyone who can answer this is, Is there anyways I can add two more breakers to my breaker box, preferable the double slotted breaker things, then run two lines up to a second floor room on the opposite side of the house.... My younger brother is moving in with me and he works with comp software, so he's gonna need enough electricity to supply around 2-3 comps, printers and such, a/c, and other gadgets...

Is there anyway that can be done?... would i need a proffesional?... how much could this possibly cost?

I'm a tattoo artist and no nothing about electricity.... I'm sorry if my terms are wrong, or i didnt supply enough info... any help would be cool.

I appreciate any and all help.

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Is there anyway that can be done?... would i need a proffesional?... how much could this possibly cost?

I'm a tattoo artist and no nothing about electricity
I'd hire an electrician. It's not too bad, but if you know nothing about electricity, and don't know someone who does, then this is not a good project for you.

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I agree I would hire an electrician. But watch what he does and ask him questions, this can help you learn a few things and then maybe when you have a small project to do you can do it yourself. But there are too many lethal things that can go wrong if you don't do it right, not worth the risk if your not sure what your doing. And there's not just one simple answer anyone on a forum can give you.
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What is the rating on the main panel breaker, 60 amps, 100 amps? How many blank slots do you have? If the panel has open slots and not filled, the job is pretty straight forward for an electrician.
Call 2 or 3 in and get estimates. Cost shouldn't be more then $250-300 unless there are issues.
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If you're running a 2 circuits to the other end of the 2nd floor, I think it will be more than $300. Just the materials will probably cost that much, with wire prices these days. That's probably 200 feet of romex, depending on the size of the house.
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I agree I would hire an electrician. But watch what he does and ask him questions, this can help you learn a few things and then maybe when you have a small project to do you can do it yourself. But there are too many lethal things that can go wrong if you don't do it right, not worth the risk if your not sure what your doing. And there's not just one simple answer anyone on a forum can give you.
Maybe if we watch a brain surgeon at work, and ask a few questions, we can pick up a few tips on doing minor brain surgery too.

Most certified electricians know electrical theory, and the reasoning behind the circuitry configurations. It is never a good idea to attempt any electrical work unless you know what you are doing.

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