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kiwi_properties 12-09-2009 07:38 AM

Looking for Ideas and Alternatives
We are looking at a multi unit building. This building has 3 floors and a basement, brick construction. Currently, the electrical is poor and looking to install a 400A main with 7 subpanels for each APT. The reasoning is we want to get the APT on their own electric heat. Question I have is what ideas does everyone have to run the wire to the units upstairs for the heat? Also, if I'm replacing the electrical panels, it would be a good idea to replace the wires for outlets, lights, etc... If I ran new wires from the subpanel boxes, it would be very difficult to run them up 2 or 3 floors. I was thinking of running them all in a conduit outside, then back inside to the APT. from there, run conduit to each receptacle and then cover the conduit with a baseboard trim. Wanted to get other idea and what you all think as well.


HouseHelper 12-09-2009 07:53 AM

You need to ask your electrician. Working on a multi-unit building is definitely not DIY...

Scuba_Dave 12-09-2009 09:07 AM

Where are you located ?
As stated you are not allowed to do the electric (as far as I know) on an Apt building
You need a licensed electrician

kiwi_properties 12-15-2009 10:45 PM

I can see how my message sounds like it's a diy and also posting on this forum. Although I'm an electrical engineer, I won't be doing the work. Liability. I posted on this site to get ideas and others point of views. Plus I'm sure contractors scan sites like this. Location is in western PA. Just looking for alternatives or ideas.

Billy_Bob 12-15-2009 11:10 PM

Sometimes building owners who are looking to reduce operating costs will also install hot water heaters in each apartment to replace a central hot water heater system. If you do that, maybe a small room would need to be built in each apartment and the electric run could be incorporated with that?

Then sometimes the layout of each floor is identical. And say 8 apartments per floor. You might be able to go straight up from the basement in 8 separate locations.

It really depends on the construction of the building and the layout of each apartment. I think you are best to ask some electricians. I assure you they will be able to come up with the easiest method possible! :)

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