Aug 23 2010

How much does a whole house rewire cost in Scranton?

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Scranton electric rewire

Scranton whole house re-wire

Whole house rewires are often the safe and smart way to handle old wiring.  Even a single old wire in a building can cause a fire, severe electrical shock, or cause of intermittent electrical problems that are virtually impossible to track down.

Costs

There are a number of variables to consider, including if copper or aluminium wire is going to be used, how far the wire must be run from the breaker box, and how easy it is to get the wire through the walls and floors.  Typically, a new electric panel 100 to 200 amps can cost between $800 to $3,000 depending on how your house is set up and what is required.  Each device (outlet, switch, lighting fixture) can cost between $35 to $125 depending on how hard it is to get the wire to that location and how much wire is needed.

Once an estimate as to the number of circuits needed is determined, a plan to get the wiring through the walls and ceiling is made, so as to minimize damage to walls and plaster (as this can account for as much as 30% of the cost).

What is involved?

Usually the breaker box must be replaced.  Then the required number of outlets, switches, and devices are determined, and where they will be placed.  The wiring plan is made as to where and how the wires will get from the breaker box to the devices they must power.  Then the wire is pulled through the house from the breaker box.  All devices are installed, and the breaker box is wired in to the service feeds.

How long does it take?

Typically, a full house re-wire can take between 3 to 14 days.  The average older home in Scranton or Wilkes-barre takes about a week from start to finish.

Additional costs:

Holes and openings are often needed to run the wire in the walls.  These openings in the drywall or plaster my be repaired and can account for as must as 25-30 percent of the total cost of the project.

If you are occupying the house, a self storage unit may be the smart place to put your personal items so they don’t get damaged.  These can cost between $40 to 250 a month to house furniture, books, decorations, and appliances.

Wiring used to consist of single, exposed wires individually run on the ceilings with thin cloth coverings (knob and tube).  By today’s standards, they are considered so dangerous that some insurance companies wont even insure a building that uses this wiring method.  Eventually, wires were placed in metal flexible housings and covered with paper as an insulator (BX cable).  This was considerable safer, however, if and when the paper got wet, it would conduct electric and get hot.  This is why leaks and water damage in any building with BX cable warrants immediate removal and replacement of the wire.

Call Wattage Electric in Scranton and Wilkes-barre today for a free estimate.  There are many options that are available to wire your house affordable and safely.

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