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Old 06-05-2008, 09:55 AM   #16
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You mentioned no hits when you searched for PEX in the forum. This is an irritating feature of the forum - it won't let you search for any word less than 4 letters. So you can't search for PEX or PVC or ABS.

But if you add a * after the three letters it will do the search. So try putting in PEX* in the search function and you'll get a bunch of hits.
That's a great tip I would have never known!

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Old 08-07-2008, 04:40 PM   #17
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OK, for those of you who may have been following this thread, I've finally completed the electical upgrade to the house. It is amazing how much this thing cost, easily double or perhaps tripple what I estimated.

Parts & labor for electrician and his helper to bury the 0000 service line as deep as possible, involving uninterrupted completion of the circuit from the meter box on the pole to the electrical panel in the house (about 106' of ditching was involved): $1,350.00

52' of 6-3 w/ground copper wire, (needed for the HWOD unit's two 60 amp/240-V circuits): $170.00

Fee for the differential cost for 150' of larger service line (larger line was required b/c it was installed underground)--a real deal--our rural electrical coop provided at no cost 150' of wire of adequate size to establish overhead service, all I had to pay was the price differential for the larger underground wire!!!--$80.00

Various electrical panels and circuit breakers--$200.00+

As long as I had the electrical wiring exposed, I added three new 30 amp circuits to the basement--$140 for 250' of 10/2 with ground (I do have some left over, but I do plan on adding additional 120-V and 240-V circuits).

At this point, I'm at $2,000--how long do you think that it will take for me to recover this cost? (answer--much longer than I have to live, I'm already almost 60!!!!).

The good thing is that the project involved improving the electrical infrastructure of the house so that electrical upgrades can be made and also establishing 100amp service to a garage that hadn't had electrical service for about 50 years, which will eventually be used for a pottery studio/art studio, but that was really a very small part of the project's cost.

Oh, well, it's only $$

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Old 08-07-2008, 06:11 PM   #18
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The cost of knowing you did it right so the house wont burn down........PRICELESS
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:13 PM   #19
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At this point, I'm at $2,000--how long do you think that it will take for me to recover this cost? (answer--much longer than I have to live, I'm already almost 60!!!!).

Oh, well, it's only $$

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DUUUUH--how could I forget the cost of the HWOD unit??? $550.00

So, we're now easily over $2500.00

Oh, well, it's only $$

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The cost of knowing you did it right so the house wont burn down........PRICELESS
You have no idea how close you are, Clasact! When the electrical company came to remove the old meter/box from the side of the back porch (which has wood siding) and move the meter to the pole, the electrician said I was very close to a house fire--seems that one of the lugs on the meter box was so badly deteriorated that there was evidence of smoke/burning (arcing?) in the vicinity of the lug!!!!

Things have a way of working out, I guess --had I decided to just rerouted the existing 220-V electric dryer line to the basement for a standard electric tank-type hot water heater (an option I had considered), and had attempted to continue along with the electrical panel and 100 amp service that was installed on the house in the 1960's when the house had considerable work done on it, the house and all my contents might very well be lying there in ashes right now!!

This town is so small (4 blocks long, 3 blocks wide, 118 residents) that there are NO codes. I asked the only city employee, who is responsible for all city functions except bookkeeping, about codes and his only suggestion was that I simply make sure I used the services of somebody who knew what they were doing. I believe in taking good advice, am glad now that I did so .

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