05:06AM | 07/05/01
Member Since: 09/10/00
11 lifetime posts

We are looking to build a new house and one of the options we're considering is
going with a modular construction.
THey are telling me that even though all of the wiring is already in the walls and the plates on the walls I should expect an additional 97 hours @ $40/hr just to connect the junction boxes, fuse pannel and to the pole. Several friends have built stick built houses where the electricial work was done from top to bottom in about a day and ahalf with a nother day for the finishing stuff. This doesn't seem to add up!

Any opnions?


05:14AM | 07/05/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
That does sound like a lot. Maybe you should ask for an itemized breakdown.

4-K Carpenters

10:54AM | 07/05/01
Member Since: 05/15/00
21 lifetime posts
That sounds extremely high...I would have to find a different contractor to do this job or atleast give an estimate.


05:24PM | 07/27/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Unless we see the plans for the pre-fab house, I do not think we can legitimately call it into question. It might sound high, but it might very well be justified in the end. There are probably continuity tests that the electrician needs to run on a pre-fab like that (to make sure the wires are all safely connected). An electrician would not need to run such tests if he installed the wire, himself, on bare studs. Those same wires on a pre-fab can come loose (or get cut) during transport and cannot be visibly inspected because they are irretrievably inside the walls. It all might add up to savings in the end, though, because you still save the cost of all the framers, insulators, and drywallers putting their time in to finish the walls. As such, it would be a necessary, larger expenditure on one item in order to save far more on the other items in the construction project. You might also end up with a better, sounder product that was designed, engineered, and manufactured as one solid piece instead of a mass of unassembled parts put together under the risk of human error. It is not necessarily a rip-off.

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