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teamplayer

10:19AM | 01/12/09
Member Since: 01/11/09
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Bvelectrical
We are trying to get our electric stove installed and we used to have gas. We had the gas line taken care of, and we were going to have an outlet installed (4 prong?) for the electric stove, but the electricians were advising to wait given unforeseen complexities. Is this common? Is it that difficult to make this switch?

Thank you!

Billhart

11:06AM | 01/12/09
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
You did not give any indication of what the "unforeseen complexities" are. And even with them what you should "wait for".

I don't know if are talking about snow and mud slides blocking the roads or something in the house.

Where there might be a number of "complexities" that make the job harder, such as how to run the cable or the size of the electrical service, those should not be unforeseen by a competent eletrican.

teamplayer

11:41AM | 01/12/09
Member Since: 01/11/09
3 lifetime posts
As of yet, I'm unsure. We have a typical 3-prong outlet behind the stove, and not the 4-prong monster we need. I gather we need 220 or 240 V, depending, and I don't know what the code is. We had an electrician come out and tell us we needed two electricians, and so we rescheduled, and the two electricians are now telling us this is more complex than we bargained for. I guess my question is, how hard can it be to install the electrical outlet we need? Would we need to open up walls to re-run wiring?

Thank you!

Billhart

12:52PM | 01/12/09
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
There is no way of telling the diffculties from a distance.

If this over an unfinished crawlspace or basement the then you can do it completely without touching the walls.

If they have to wire from the attic they have should be able to do it without opening the wall. However, if it is in an outside wall then there might not be enough space to to run the long drill bits needed.

But you might be able to run it behind the cabinets in the toe kick area.

And where is the panel? If it is in a finished wall then there is good change that would need to be opened.

I would ask them how much experience do that have doing Old Work.

And maybe find a new electrican that does Old Work.

teamplayer

01:06PM | 01/12/09
Member Since: 01/11/09
3 lifetime posts
Thank you for that - for not having any details you are quite helpful! The stove is in the kitchen, not against an outside wall, in between two cabinets. Wiring from the attic might be possible (not preferable though, probably). Good tip on the Old Work electrician. We were trying to use an all-around contractor (plumbing, electric, and appliances) but we are sort of getting the run around. This helps. Thank you.

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