Just a note: Wife picked a paddle fan for our LR Took down old one for trash Mounted & assembled new one Sales guy gave her wrong bulbs Got right bulbs (1 trip to hardware store) Turned on fan Blades wobble; checked Found mounting was bent/deformed; no box damage Took fan back to store Assemble & mount 2nd fan Motor makes noise Took fan back to store Assemble & mount 3rd fan Only works in one direction (counter clockwise)
Needless to say at $35 per fan, it would have been a loosing proposition.
I'm getting a different fan Sat.; & not from the big box store.
The "bad" fans were not "cheap", in the $100 range.
Going to a lighting showroom now, like I told her to do the first time. It may cost a few extra bucks.
Your pricing looks average for 200 amp; and service call rate looks "low". Average around here is $75 to $100 1st hr
Aren't we electricians supposed to keep all this stuff secret? Unlike the plumbers who conspire to get every penny they can?
200 amp service minimum $1500.00 Single family easy job. Replace light with ceiling fan $200.00 New receptacle on first floor $150.00 Service call minimum $75.00 up to an hour $70.00 each hour after Add recessed light old work $150.00 per light. Move truck after I start working because you are to stupid to park out of the way. First day free $25.00 each time after.
Is the 200 Amp service with alum bus panel or copper buss ? are the breakers $2.00 Breakers or $6.00 breakers. are the service conductors full size or reduced size. or are you using alum service cable, or Alum threaded pipe or PVC Pipe. Is the ground wire 6ft from the panel or 40 feet through finished rooms of a split level home. Is the service lateral one length stright or sweeps. How can you have a set price. I found an invoice for a 200Amp service 1989 Amount $1950.00 We are in the year 2003 I assume the cost of living does not apply to the electrical contracting business. It appears Plumbing contractors are in business to earn a living.
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Re: Job Pricing#27899 08/07/0312:21 AM08/07/0312:21 AM
LK, This is for an exhisting service upgrade, not a new home. Most of the standard breakers like Murry, Cutler Hammer, Square D (Homeline brand) are all about the same price. (You must be a plumber, what are reduced size conductors? And aluminum threaded pipe? Thats a new one on me!).
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Re: Job Pricing#27900 08/07/0308:20 AM08/07/0308:20 AM
I wouldn't get out of the truck for $1300 to do a 200 amp service upgrade. In our area there are no panels mounted outside, so that's probably the biggest difference. Depending on the situation, $2000 - $3000 will get a service upgraded to 200 amps.
Our minimum charge is $85, including about 30 minutes of work or troubleshooting.
We still give free estimates and get most of them.
In most situation we will retrofit rcessed cans for $100 each including the can, trim, and bulb. Minimum of 4 in one room using an existing switchleg. Plaster will double this cost, but we might give a small discount on a really easy drywall job with lots of cans.
Ceiling Fan prewired and braced, up to 10 ft ceiling - $65 for the first one, $55 after that, $85 minimum charge over rides if only one fan.
That price was for a service upgrade. The reduced size conductor for 200amp Dwelling Service would be 2/0 copper or 4/0 alum. Full size conductors for 200amp service would be from Table 310.16 Alum or Rigid pipe may be required for some installations. No not a plumber, 35 years plus in the trade. If you need info for pricing send me your E-mail address and I will send some info that may help.
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