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#16718 - 11/15/02 05:37 PM SERVICE CHANGE COST?
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Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 186
Loc: meriidian, ms
to up -grade a residental ser to 200 amps the fee here is about$575. including material and labor, are we getting screwed or what? there is so much competition here , if you bid too high, you dont get the job? what about your area?
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#16719 - 11/15/02 06:46 PM Re: SERVICE CHANGE COST?
sparkync Offline
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Registered: 10/17/02
Posts: 812
Loc: NC
mj, it's me again. Seen your post about the service change. It usually takes me about $900.00 to $1100.00 to do a service change, depending on what has to be done. If it is pretty simple, probably your price might work around NC, but the last 2 or 3 I've done included subpanels and working the meter riser hot etc...and most of the time a 30/40 cir. weatherproof panel outside, plus new ground wire to water pipe etc.
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#16720 - 11/15/02 07:00 PM Re: SERVICE CHANGE COST?
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Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1457
Loc: Holden, MA USA
Just did a single fam 200 amp service change couple weeks ago. Very easy 40 ckt main brkr panel, pvc riser. $1600.00 Made a nice profit that day although it was snowing and I ended up with some rusty tools and cold wet feet. Paid a guy $250.00 cash for help and materials were about $410.00. $25.00 for permit.
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#16721 - 11/15/02 07:49 PM Re: SERVICE CHANGE COST?
NJwirenut Offline
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Registered: 09/15/01
Posts: 806
Loc: Bergen County, NJ
Usually charge around $1000 or so for a basic single-meter 200A service upgrade here. This includes 40 slot SqD QO panel and ~15-20 standard breakers, oversized 3/4" plywood backboard, meter pan (relocated outside if desired), 2" PVC conduit to service head and through wall, 2/0 copper conductors for entrance/#4 bare ground and new 8'ground rod.

Extras like additional breakers, GFCI/AFCI breakers, TVSS modules, or outside 3R main breaker at additional cost...
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#16722 - 11/16/02 07:32 AM Re: SERVICE CHANGE COST?
Electric Eagle Offline
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Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 914
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Our base price for a 200 service upgrade is $2000. That's for underground service and the panel within 10 feet of the meter. Most of ours run $2500. Around here we are very competitive. With inspection it is a minimum 2 day process. We have to have it inspected before the POCO will switch over, so we do most of the work, get inspection, finish the change over, call for hook up. Our cost is way over $575, I don't see how you do it, mj.
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#16723 - 11/16/02 07:52 AM Re: SERVICE CHANGE COST?
mj Offline
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Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 186
Loc: meriidian, ms
well guys, now i really feel bad, i guess the cost of living here is very low, that why labor is cheap, if i raise my fee to $1000 for a service change, to include a house power panel,se cable,ocpd devices,2 are 3 extra circuits, someone else will do the job for $600 are less,
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#16724 - 11/16/02 09:23 AM Re: SERVICE CHANGE COST?
Electricmanscott Offline
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Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1457
Loc: Holden, MA USA
Mj what are the materials costing you for this. I can't see how anyone could do this for your price.
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#16725 - 11/16/02 09:31 AM Re: SERVICE CHANGE COST?
Wirenuttt Offline
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Registered: 11/10/02
Posts: 267
Loc: Massachusetts
All I can say is I hope it stays a flat rate installation. Seems like one of the only secure part of gauranteed decent pay left on residential wiring.
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#16726 - 11/16/02 09:48 AM Re: SERVICE CHANGE COST?
mj Offline
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Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 186
Loc: meriidian, ms
hhp $150 SE CABLE $25 Breakers $80e material 250-$300 labor ;275-$300 basic service change to 200 amp tol$ 575-600
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#16727 - 11/16/02 10:34 AM Re: SERVICE CHANGE COST?
Wirenuttt Offline
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Registered: 11/10/02
Posts: 267
Loc: Massachusetts
MJ;
If you were in Massachusetts with those rates, you'd put all the competors out of business
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