Re: Old House.No Electrical Grounds.What to Do? - Posted by Matt (MPD) IL
Posted by Matt (MPD) IL on December 02, 2002 at 07:46:24:
You’re right to be somewhat concerned. As I mentioned in my earlier reply, you’ll want to speak to an electrician that is licensed in your local area (if that’s required where you are as it is here) or at least one who is familiar with your local codes. If you had already budgeted in your rehab estimate for gutting the electrical and replacing it as well as the drywall, trim and paint that will be necessary then this of course is not new news. If you only anticipated upgrading the box as you’ve talked about, redoing all of the wiring could turn out to be a huge overage.
Generally speaking, electricians get around $60 per breakout (outlet, switch, fixture) to run new wiring. This cost will include running conduit and grounding as necessary. Unfortunately, especially during slower times, I’ve had them charge as much as $15 more per box when they had to cut through existing plaster and remove old knob and tube, bx or romex wiring. Figuring in an average room size of 10x10, 3-4 wall outlets, 1-2 switches, 1 fixture = 5-7 breakouts @ 60-75 per = 300-525 per room for wiring. This cost does not necessarily include fixtures themselves. Average house of about 7 rooms x 525 per = 3675.
All of the above is speculation of course, your local milage will vary.
Try to find someone you can trust to look over the local code with you to get a good understanding of what must be done before you get someone working on it.