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Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 16, 2021 03:12PM
couple weeks ago, after Ida ran thru, I posted about moisture in the breaker box.

Electrician came to day to look and draw an estimate.
Good news, weatherhead appears to be in good shape, but he proposes sealing it a bit better and turning it under a little bit.
The meter pan is good but needs new duct seal around the top squeeze connector. Internal duct seal is good.
The breaker needs a bit of clean up and at least 1 new 20A breaker.
I suspect it may get to 3.
While I'm waiting for the estimate, lets' have some guesses.



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Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 16, 2021 03:28PM
$1,500 to $3,000
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Posted by: Spiff
Date: September 16, 2021 05:27PM
Labor is expensive today. Would say $3000 or slightly higher.
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Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 16, 2021 05:55PM
sounds like just a couple of hours. $300. plus materials.

My panel has a master 200A kill switch at the top. I can safely swap breakers in very little time. Is your panel that difficult?



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Posted by: rz
Date: September 16, 2021 07:00PM
I just had an electrician run a wire from my panel, under my driveway about 45 feet, over to a new well I'd had dug and hook it up. He also added a new 30A breaker and outlet for my BIL's RV. Total cost was just over 2K. If your work goes to $3K, I'd say you're getting ripped off.
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Posted by: RgrF
Date: September 16, 2021 07:20PM
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I just had an electrician run a wire from my panel, under my driveway about 45 feet, over to a new well I'd had dug and hook it up. He also added a new 30A breaker and outlet for my BIL's RV. Total cost was just over 2K. If your work goes to $3K, I'd say you're getting ripped off.

That would depend a lot on where you live, wouldn't it?
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Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 16, 2021 07:54PM
RgrF has a point.
I'm Long Island, one of the most overpriced places for the middle class to live in the country.
By the same token, it doesn't seem like a whole lot of time involved.



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Posted by: Buzz
Date: September 16, 2021 10:21PM
Anything more than ~$650 - $700 is an LI gouge.
That said, it wouldn't surprise me that demand based pricing (in his mind) will push it to ~$1,100.
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Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 16, 2021 11:54PM
I'd say find some good non-conductive sealant and do a quick seal job of the box issues, and wait until demand dies down. That's what I'd do.

Silicone sealant is non-conductive, unless you get the copper-loaded high temp auto gasket type.



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Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 17, 2021 03:49AM
$2021.00



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Posted by: testcase
Date: September 17, 2021 06:04AM
Can he retrofit a whole house Arc Fault device (extra whole house protection) and if possible, what would that cost?
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Posted by: pdq
Date: September 17, 2021 09:34AM
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Racer X
sounds like just a couple of hours. $300. plus materials.

I’m with Racer. It could be a little above that, but should by all rights be below - sounds like he/she is basically caulking and replacing a couple breakers. I would be tempted to do it myself, especially if an estimate is above that amount.
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Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 17, 2021 09:57AM
the breaker has a Master and duct sealing the pan is no big issue.
But moving the weatherhead and sealing it better, that's WAY above my pay grade.

Have to see what the est comes in at.
If it's under $500 (coz it's LI mark-up), I'll let them have at it.

Otherwise I may just DIY the duct seal on the pan and swap a couple breakers.

I piled on that my folks used them at their house 50 years ago.
I think the company that my da worked for at the time (he was a construction estimator) used them for a couple local jobs.
My spouse, before we was one, had the aluminum pig-tailed by them 30 years ago.

I've not heard of an Arc fault detection device. Surprised it wasn't mentioned.



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Re: pick a number
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 17, 2021 12:24PM
$920



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Posted by: Cary
Date: September 17, 2021 05:01PM
I have a good, inexpensive guy on LI if you want.

I'd change the breakers myself...
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Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 17, 2021 05:04PM
Sure. If he'll come my way. Some don't travel far.



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Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 17, 2021 09:05PM
just be super careful about the source for the breakers. There are counterfeit ones out there. That would be BAD if/when they fail.



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