I have a couple of the standard home wiring books from Sunset, Black and Decker, etc. Also, I recently had my old 100A service upgraded to 200A. Although I worked as an electrician in my youth, I felt that this task was dangerous and complicated enough that I hired an electrician to do the work for me. It was expensive (approaching 1500 bucks), but it was worth my peace-of-mind. Maybe you feel confident enough to do it, so I suggest you might look over the possibilities in Amazon.com. Regards, jh
I am always willing to give advice on electrical work here at this forum. After all it is what i do for a living, and I understand the desire to save money by doing things yourself. However, I also consider safety the top priority when i give advice, and i do feel the best advice here is to hire an electrician or work alongside a qualified electrician if you feel you would like the experience of doing it yourself. Good Luck on whatever you do.
difficult job best left to an electrician,
but at what cost? Surely, there is a point
past which it is a better deal to do the job
$1500 is not outrageous for this kind of
work. It is an excellent deal (at least for
around here) and you won't have to mess
around with the service entrance cable.
Recently, I was quoted $3700 just to replace
the breaker box, without an upgrade in
service. This is a one day job, and
consistent with the $4000 day rates that the
local electricians charge. Your job, since
it involves a meter and service entrance
replacement, is not a one day job. Also, you
cannot shut off power by just removing the
meter and installing a meter cover. The
typical way to do this is to request the
power company to shut off power, so you will
be powerless if you make a mistake and need
a few more days/weeks to do the job. I would
not attempt to do this kind of job unless the
cost were at least $6000.
A possible compromise is to get somebody who
is a retired electrician to help oversee your
work. I had a friend who did this, and he
insisted on cutting corners against the
advice of the retired electrician. This
resulted in quite a costly fire, and this
friend asked me for help in sueing the
retired electrician. Find somebody who knows
how to do the job, and pay close attention.
The retired electrician charged 1/10th of the
going rate to do the job, and my friend
provided all the materials and a lot of the
labor. Only problem is that he didn't listen
Good comment. My county has no building codes or inspectors. I recently enclosed my carport and turned it into a workshop and I decided to hire an electrician run the new wire from the main box to the breaker box in the shop. I did the shop wiring myself, but didn't feel comfortable running the new wire.
Good points. It is a common misconception that passing inspection means that the job has been done right. This argument is used all too often to justify work being done by inexperienced persons. Even if Inspectors may put extra effort into inspections under these circumstances I think it is unreasonable to assume that they would be able to properly assess every single aspect of every installation.
Could we have an Inspector opinion on this?