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Need to replace all wiring due to Sandy

Posted by anyah (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 23, 12 at 10:32

Can you tell me if $5,000 is a reasonable bid to replace all wiring in a 1000square foot house following a flood? Are there other electrical issues I should be concerned about?Thanks.


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RE: Need to replace all wiring due to Sandy

Imossible to tell. Get multiple estimates and REFERENCES.


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RE: Need to replace all wiring due to Sandy

It is impossible for us to provide estimates but as Ron suggested, get multiple estimates and references. Once you've settled on a contractor you'll want to make sure he is licensed (both as an electrician by whatever authority licenses electricians in your locale and has a business license in your state/municipality as required), bonded, and has the appropriate insurance. I would make sure he pulls the appropriate permits as well.


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RE: Need to replace all wiring due to Sandy

In South LA after Katrina, lots of requirements were relaxed to speed things up. I don't know if it was a good thing or not.

It may be nearly impossible to get one estimate let alone multiple.


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RE: Need to replace all wiring due to Sandy

In which case you were likely screwed.
Sounds like he got one estimate, if he can get one he can get two.


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RE: Need to replace all wiring due to Sandy

The labor to test salt water submerged wiring often swamps the replacement cost.


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RE: Need to replace all wiring due to Sandy

Well, I might have been screwed, but not by an electrician in that flooded house. It is still gutted and empty.


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RE: Need to replace all wiring due to Sandy

I agree with mike kaiser that you should get multiple estimates and references for you to get the most affordable one and most importantly get a contractor that will meet all the requirements of a licensed electrician so the works will be guaranteed.

Here is a link that might be useful: woertz


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RE: Need to replace all wiring due to Sandy

The estimate I have is from a fully licensed and insured electician. I am only calling contractors who are registered with and licensed by the State of NJ. I don't want to deal with a contractor who can't be bothered to maintain a registration, license, and insurance. However, getting another estimate has not been easy.
I found the point about the cost of testing the system interesting. I guess that is why the adjuster said all of the wiring should just be replaced.

thanks all for your input, and my condolences to Ionized for Katrina losses.


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