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Old 04-04-2014, 11:16 AM   #16
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I have purchased the kit, but without the electrical or ac setup.

I might end up getting an electrician to do the work for me. I've done basic electric work, however nothing from start to finish.

What would be the materials cost of the items below?

Three 110V Outlets, one 220V Outlet, 125AMP Inside Breaker Box, three Breakers, Exterior Junction Box, 12-2 Romex wire.

I called a local electrical supply store and was told $500+ for the 220v outlet...seems very expensive. Am I missing something with that? Thanks.

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Old 04-04-2014, 01:02 PM   #17
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Three 110V Outlets, one 220V Outlet, 125AMP Inside Breaker Box, three Breakers, Exterior Junction Box, 12-2 Romex wire.

I called a local electrical supply store and was told $500+ for the 220v outlet...seems very expensive. Am I missing something with that? Thanks.
The electrical place must have misunderstood. A cost of $500+ might be reasonable for an installed 240V outlet with power run to it. Just an outlet might be $20 or less. Regular breakers (15 amp, 20 amp) are usually $5 or less apiece depending on brand. The interior junction box might be $75 and might also come with some breakers (mine did). Romex has gotten a bit expensive of late, so I'm not sure what a roll costs now.

How do you intend to get power to the container? Depending on how far you have to go, that could be the most expensive thing of all. You can't run Romex on poles, and with more than one or two circuits, you couldn't run it in conduit either. Conduit is cheap; however, the THHN/THWN conductors are not. Think $2 a foot or more, and you'll need four of them.

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I was planning to buy a gas generator

Also, would I need anything extra? I pulled those list of items off their website and info they provided to me...

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Old 04-04-2014, 08:55 PM   #19
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Some wirenuts might be useful.
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I would look into a battery bank set up for lighting and 120v outlets. This would involve Heavy Duty battery charger and inverter. Running a generator for a 60 watt light bulb or small led tv is dumb. You can even use your car or truck to change the batteries and not need a generator.
When the power goes out I park my truck next to window and run lamps tv computer with an inverter using trucks battery. Inverter beeps to let me know truck battery is getting low and I start it up for 15 mins to charge the batter it even runs my fridge when truck is running. Battery lasts 2-4 hours with a light,tv, and laptop charging.

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