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Old 04-28-2010, 09:27 PM   #16
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Well, like I said, the washer and dryer have their own 30amp line, so the other 30 would be supporting: the fridge, dishwasher, dehumidifier, vaccum, and a few tv's, computers and games systems. Other than the fridge, nothing that's on constantly...though we might want to put in one AC unit over the summer.

The owner says he's been quoted around $3k for replacing the box, running a 100AMP line and other misc. updates that would need to be made to the wiring. I'm wondering if perhaps I can help to find a lower estimate, he can get the work done sooner.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:18 PM   #17
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Actually $3k doesn't sound bad depending upon how much work they are doing -very hard to estimate this site unseen
Some areas it can be $1500 or more just to run the main feed & install new panel

Just an idea....some things needed:
Fridge should have a dedicated circuit
2 GFCI circuits for kitchen counter
Dishwasher (can include disposal) needs dedicated
Bath(s) require a GFCI circuit - I run one 20a circuit to each bath
Laundry - you said already has one
Ac might need one depending upon the size
Most of the house needs AFCI breakers now - $30-35 each
Dehumidifiers can pull 7a

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Old 04-29-2010, 01:27 PM   #18
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Stove and water heater. Hair dryers and plasma tv's may pull more than you think. I would go with a 200 amp service for todays world. May not need it now, but you may someday.

P.S. 30 amp for dryer and washer? I would want that for just the dryer. You need some some serious updating sounds like.
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:11 PM   #19
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Those new tvs can really eat up electric.
Here is a chart.

Power consumption compared

Average plasma: 301 watts
Average LCD (standard): 111 watts
Average LCD (LED): 101 watts
Other gear2
PlayStation 3: 197 watts
PlayStation 3 Slim: 96 watts
Xbox 360 Elite (2007): 185 watts
Nintendo Wii: 19 watts
Xbox 360: 187 watts
Average PC: 118 watts
DirecTV HR20 DVR: 33 watts
Nintendo Wii: 19 watts
Slingbox: 9 watts
Wireless router: 7 watts
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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