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Old 09-05-2008, 10:23 PM   #16
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Not to hijack the thread, but where is the proof that this is true vs an opinion?
Well you got me there..... I happen to like ge but having spent most of my career in industrial I became partial to square d. I never really consider split neutral design or ease of wiring for a panel to me the modern panels are one and the same. I do like the panels with copper or copperclad usses but that really is a mental thing with me. I love a qo breaker whether bolt on or push. The push in just seem to me to have a nice solid fit without the cover holding them. but the ch breakers are nice in that regard too. I happen to really like cutler hammer CH panels especially for residential. If given a choice in residential I would install CH, Qo or GE in that order. In industrial square d qo is hands down the best.....IMO.....


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Old 09-07-2008, 11:55 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by EBFD6 View Post
That is not a reasonable price, it is WAY TO LOW!

Any "electrician" that gives a price that low for a service change like this should bring up a major red flag. This job should be more in the $2500.00 range. There is a reason this guy is doing it so cheap, either he his not going to do everything he said he was, he's going to do it illegally ( no permits, inspections, etc.), or cut corners somewhere else. Do yourself a favor and get a couple more bids and make a more informed decision.
I talked to 2 other licensed electricians in my area, one of them in person at length. I was told that $1,200 to $1,500 - Including permit cost and materials was a normal price in my area. $1,200 sound like the low end of the spectrum these days.

For several years, about 6 years ago, my dad was working with the housing department and contracted for many dozens of service upgrades with a number of different electricians. Now, most of these were likely old 60A service going up to 100A service, and were likely not the top of the line panel. However since these were through a government agency, everything was 100% legit, permitted, and he had to inspect it. He was kind of shocked at $1,200. (but he thinks everything is expensive) He told me that he was paying $700 for his service upgrades to the electricians for the entire job. I know that was 6 years ago....

I guess there is a lot of competition in Wisconsin or something.

Hourly, last time we hired a electrician for a job we were contracting, I am pretty sure we were at $35/hr.

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Old 09-08-2008, 05:42 AM   #18
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Hourly, last time we hired a electrician for a job we were contracting, I am pretty sure we were at $35/hr.
All I can say is WOW!!!
Sometimes I feel like if I answer any more questions it is like someone trying to climb over a fence to jump off a bridge and me giving them a boost.
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I second speedypetey's response! That's about $800 - 1000.00 below average here.... yowza. pete
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:23 AM   #20
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I am not very far from OP's location and for my price for 200 amp service is useally 1500 or more bucks depending on the set up and what conferation it have now.

Unforteally the wages are not too great in some spots it have pretty good competions going on around my area.

the resdential area is start to slow down but commercal still plugging along pretty good clip but how far it will go that part I don't know so I can't really predect what will happend next.



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