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pjm 04-11-2008 09:13 AM

wiring a kitchen
I am going to be remodeling my kitchen and have recently upgraded my service to 200 amp to accomadate the extra breakers I will need. I would like to do all the wiring myself. I need some help on the codes though. I know everything needs to be gfi protected and I am planning on having the refrig, dishwasher, and microwave/gas stove on their own dedicated circuits. My question is more with the wire gauge and if there is a standard for how it's laid out in the walls as far as where to staple it to hold it in place? I had a local electrician give me an estimate and it was $2700.00 for the whole job, which I found a little steep. Any help I could get with this project would be great. I'm in New Jersey in case the code is state related? Tips, Ideas, Suggestions are all welcomed.

Thanks in advance.

Speedy Petey 04-11-2008 12:08 PM

You consider $2700 for the electrical in a kitchen reno in NJ???? You need to get out more.

If you have such basic questions as the ones you are asking I'd humbly say that the $2700 would be well spent. Don't take this as an insult, it is purely constructive criticism.

Kitchens have MANY important codes. This is something you need to have down pat before you even get started.
Statements like "everything needs to be gfi protected" and you are not even sure where to staple, tell me you are not really ready for such an ambitious project.

pjm 04-11-2008 12:20 PM

Really, I have an understanding of how to wire outlets and switches i've done it before also I will have help from more experienced people as well, my question is the code. I'd rather not spend 2700.00 if I don't need to. Maybe you could humble me with your help?


hpp58 04-11-2008 12:32 PM

If the "experienced people" don't know the code then they are not experiened.

pjm 04-11-2008 01:20 PM

Alright lets try this instead. Would you say $2700 for wiring a kitchen is a reasonable price?


darren 04-11-2008 01:27 PM


Originally Posted by pjm (Post 115527)
I know everything needs to be gfi protected
Thanks in advance.

I hope your around when your fridge trips the GFI and all your food starts to rot.

Also where can buy a 50A rated GFI plug for the stove, i know you said your usieng gas but are you going to rough in for an electric range incase you or someone else wants one.

darren 04-11-2008 01:28 PM


Originally Posted by pjm (Post 115594)
Alright lets try this instead. Would you say $2700 for wiring a kitchen is a reasonable price?


Very much so, it is alot cheaper then paying $200,000 to rebuild your house if it burns down.

hpp58 04-11-2008 01:37 PM

You have to lay out the project for us.
How many recpt., lights, switches, exhaust fans, number of circuits (I count 6 home runs)
How far is the panel from the kitchen?
Is it open (walls opened to the studs) or do you have to crawl through an attic or a crawlspace. Fish wire in walls.
It's very hard to say if it's fair when you can't see anything or know the scope of the project.
I don't think that it's way out of the ballpark.
Get two more estimates.

HouseHelper 04-11-2008 01:56 PM


Originally Posted by pjm (Post 115594)
Alright lets try this instead. Would you say $2700 for wiring a kitchen is a reasonable price?


I would say that is quite reasonable.

pjm 04-11-2008 02:01 PM

Thanks for all your helpful replies.

pjm 04-11-2008 02:06 PM

This link was more what I was looking for.

220/221 04-11-2008 08:38 PM


Thanks for all your helpful replies.
Yeah....Sarcasm is a great way to get help. :laughing:

Look at the way the guy in the other thread presented his questions and compare it to yours. :yes:

The help provided here is done free of charge by (mostly) professional electricians and contractors.

THINK before you post. :jester:

Allison1888 04-12-2008 07:13 PM

wiring a kitchen
It sounds like you're really interesting in learning how to do this, so what about finding an electrician who will work with you and help you learn. I'm talking about someone who has worked in this field and is retired and doesn't mind teaching you the ins and outs. You will save some money, but gain valuable experience on how to do it right.

nacko 04-13-2008 09:11 PM

2700 sounds dirt cheap to me. I think you better go running after that electrician with your checkbook in hand before he gets away.

DepotDweller 04-14-2008 07:16 AM

glad hubby is an electrical engineer :thumbsup:

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