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Old 10-05-2008, 11:30 AM   #1
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when changing out box,code update on WHOLE house??

I "AM" a believer in doing it right. I asked a electrician to give me a 'bid' or 'estimate' of how much to upgrade the box to something I can add circuits to OR update rest of house from. "HE" seemed to think I had to upgrade ALL the house to new code specs ,"RIGHT NOW" ,,,as a part of getting a new box.(and complying with inspections)

That included a new mast pole for entrance since old ones are too low(which IS a good idea,,,but cant he stop at the box?? For now?) OR are the inspectors going to look immediately at the whole house??

OR was I getting a hidden upsale???

AND whats the secret to getting the bid??Been 2 months and he has failed to get back to me?? WHY dont they finish the bid IF they bother to look and do the bid to start with???(No wonder people THINK of doing it themselves)

Thanks for ANY opinions-d-


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I think when he says the whole house he means the whole service entrance. Yes the mast will have to be replaced it must be brought up to current codes.


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Well d, I have to say your posts is not that easy to decipher. What I can gather is that your guy wants to update the "whole house"with a service upgrade. Is that what you mean?

If so he is full of ****. A service upgrade is EVERYTHING from the taps at the top where the power company connection are, down to the meter pan, down to the panel, and all grounding bonding.
The circuits in the house ARE NOT affected by this job. DO NOT let anyone tell you otherwise without written proof.
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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If you are going to upgrade your breaker panel, then I am of the opinion that your entire service does need to be code compliant (ie.. meter socket, service entrance cable or mast, grounding electrode system) in order to pass inspection. This is a point of debate amongst electricians, but as far as I am concerned I am going to upgrade the entire service (or at least verify that the existing equipment and installation are code compliant) or I'm not touching anything at all.

As far as bringing the rest of the house to code, I don't think that is necessary, and is definitely not required to pass a service inspection.
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Old 10-05-2008, 11:56 AM   #5
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And if that person has failed to get back with you on the estimate after 2 months, I'd say he isn't very interested in your business. I'd contact another couple of companies for estimates. Somebody is going to want the work and take care of you...and probably provide answers to all your questions and a better explanation.

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thanks for your quick replies.

YES he wanted to do whole house upgrade with gfi's where required and the whole nine yards,,,way past the entrance .

I agree all the service TOO the panel needs to be CODE compliant.

I would "THINK" 100 amp boxes would be suffcient for 600 sqaure foot SMALL 1 bedroom houses with gas heat and water heaters

Just wanted to get rid of the 4 circuit,,, screw in fuses ,,,probably an OLD 60 amp box
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In AZ we only have to upgrade the bonding and grounding when changing the service.


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