Re: Electrical Panel–Replace or ? - Posted by Frank Chin
Posted by Frank Chin on April 26, 2002 at 07:26:56:
Just want to mention that the job I had done required the replacement of the boxes that the electric meters sit on, in addition to three main circuit panels. This is due to the need to convert from single phase to two phase power. That’s three more boxes, plus a whole lot more wiring.
Here it means the job needs an inspection be the utility company to check on the installation of the meters and locking them, in addition to the Building Department inspection to clear the permits.
Originally, I was going to skip doing the meters. But I was told that if I was to pull permits for the job, I’m required to bring whatever I do UP to CODE, and the current code is two phase power.
So the thinking is, if I’m going to spend the money to do the job, might as well solve the immediate problem, and several others, including those in the future. Someday when I sell, I might not be able to do so with the old service entry.
As far as circuits blowing when tenants turn on more than two AC’s, it really bugs some of them. As long as I kept the rents low, no ones complaining. But if I’m going to charge market, then people expect to have three AC’s on all day in a 2BR place with no problems.
After all, there’s a lot of newer places with central air.
As far as picking up cheaper boxes as some suggested, I had discussion with some trades people on this and other jobs. It seems these guys have their own favorite supply houses they go to. And if there have to spend another 30 minutes to run to Home Depot, stand on line, they’ll charge me the extra time, at $75.00/hour in NYC.
In fact, I done some electrical work of my own, and I had to get stuff at electrical supply houses that Home Depot does not carry. In fact the Home Depot guys tell me to get it there themselves. So I can see why these trades people want to make one trip and get everything that fits right, rather than make a whole lot of little trips.
To them, time is money.