Re: Electrical Contracting
When requesting quotes, try to be as specific as you can. When you ask vague requests, you'll get estimates all over the board, depending on how the contractor interprets your request.
Instead of saying "new service line", be specific about how and where you want it run: overhead, underground, by what route; will conduit run along the surface of the structure or will it be concealed; will the meter base be replaced, and how so; that sort of thing.
For the breaker panel, you can specify things like "room for X more circuits" and how you want the wires run. A standard residential panel is limited by code to 40 circuits; if you need more you have to go to multiple panels.
Keep in mind that if the panel is to be replaced, it cannot be placed in a closet, a bathroom, or within six feet of a water source (I think). It must be in a location with 3 feet of clear floor space in front of it -- it can't be above a counter, for example. The closer it is to the location of the original panel, the less expensive the job will be.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.