Cost of updating electrical panel
(our house was built in the 70's and we remodeled) Mc Caa came out, broke out all the stucco, replaced the panel, pulled the permits, coordinated with our local power provider (PG&E)to disconnect everything and reconnect everything, it passed inspection the first time and the inspectors seemed to know Mc Caa very well.
I ungraded my electrical panel to a 200amp, in the old box I didn't have ant circuits left and he said I needed a least four to six blank spot for future additions.
We found a generator that would handle my two AC units and electric stove and dryer. SO I AM READY FOR THE LONG HAUL, if we are with out power for two to four weeks again doing hurricane season.
State License and bond, liability insurance, business license for the municipality and most importantly WORKERS COMP.
Saving a couple of bucks isn't worth the ultimate cost of liability. don't believe everything that people write on the web, check with your City yourself and read their fliers in the office/website and definitely check with the CSLB.
If a private electrician grounds those wires it could pull down many house, or if they were to drop the wires on someones house or accross the street their could be huge liability issues, and it could cost the homeowner money, and the electrician his license. GRM had everything done before the last guy who I called for an estimate even called me back. Though got a 125 amp panel 10 yrs ago for new furnace and A/C unit, had jury-rigged (not by me but by electrician) and split 2/3 of circuits through the years. it's also recessed in the home, the color patch on the stucco wasn't exact but, he told me that in the beginning. 951-675-0725I recently purchased my home that is about 50 years old with an outdated electrical panel that needs replacement. (my husband went bid crazy) We went with Mc Caa because he was the most professional and most importantly he was VERY helpful in explaining all our options.
Now require everything GFI in kitchen with individual circuits for electrical stove and dishwasher. I am looking for a well experienced electrician to replace and upgrade my electrical panel from 60 amps to 200. I would definately appreciate a referral or a search engine to find experienced electricians in my area. I didn't realize we had multiple options because none of the other contractors offered that. He also gave us one flat rate price to do the entire job.
He replaced the whole panel in about 3 hrs with no mess behind. Mike from Hi Amp Electric showed up the next day to give me a bid. Here in California getting caught by the serivce provider disconnecting their lines will get the contractor in alot! All Electricians are supposed to obtain approval from the power provider/pull a permit/have it inspected by the municipality and then the inspector issues a "meter release" to the power provider and then they line men come back out and install their "permanent splices" to the overhead wires at the weather head.
These proprietary splices are how the company can tell if a "bootleg" job was done. Pulled the permit the day before and had all the work done & inspected by pm the following day with the power on and everything. Not that I would have atempted doing it myself but I had estimates from other guys for as much as ,200 and some said there was a waiting period with the utility Company and that they would have to wait on them to send out a line crew. Current electrical panel of 125 amps is maxed out and doesn't meet code. He was about 0 higher than two of the bids but was cheaper than 3 other bids we got.
0 in parts for the essentials (weatherhead, conduit, 4/0 triplex, SEU cable, meter socket, new panel, breakers) and about 0 in incidentals (junction boxes and romex to extend/reroute several circuits, wire nuts, romex connectors, bushings, glue, anti-ox compound, etc.) Free disconn/reconn from Xcel Energy. if you have never done this, pay someone to do it!!