Old House with Old Electrical system?
I am contemplating buying a 60 year old house with an old electrical system in it. The inspector said it should be upgraded, and I wanted up-to-code grounded plugs in every room. The one electrician I got (out of 15 or so) to come look at the house said he would just leave it. He said I could plug surge protectors into the old 2 prong sockets and it would protect my expensive TV's, stereos, etc. I am dubious. I was willing to spend $6,000 to $8,000 to bring it up to code. Should I leave well enough alone, or is this electrician an idiot?
Asked By: Chappie - 2/23/2008
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He is an idiot. What electrician would turn down work? Electricians in your area must have to much work. Go with the rewire job. And be careful talking advise from the untrained and unqualified people on yahoo. Especially the ones pretending to be electricians. Some of the answers you got are outrages and one is... More
Answered By: John himself - 2/24/2008
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Surge protects HAVE to have a ground to work. Where does this guy think that surge is going to go? Upgrading would be a very tedious job but it could be done. Hire a competent electrician to do the job. New main panel with a 200 amp service. 42 circuits available. Run separate circuits for your fridge, microwave... More
Answered By: and Mrs D D - 2/23/2008
He's an idiot! Grounded surge protectors don't work on an ungrounded 2-wire electrical system. He probably didn't want the job, too much labor involved. You have to open up all the walls in the house to properly do the job. I would recommend that you add a few new, grounded 3-wire circuits and leave the old in place... More
Answered By: hoboson - 2/23/2008
I'd say ... go with your gut. we had an old home and over time we had so many problems we re-did our entire electrical panel with it's own built-in surge protection. Of course we switched over the outlets to GFI plugs near sinks etc too. We discovered we had some aluminum wires which were acceptable at the time but... More
Answered By: Cid Young - 2/23/2008
I know several union electricians that actually took out the old plugs and replaced the with grounded outlets without changing the electrical systems... More
Answered By: downie_d - 2/23/2008
The best thing to do is put all new outlets in and GFI protect them since there is no ground. And put in a new panel and new breakers.
Answered By: Becca - 2/23/2008
I am a retired electrical contractor. What you are talking about doing will run about $25,000.00 minimum because once you start on the electrical system, every bit of it has to be brought up to the current National Electric Code. This is federal code and there is no way around it.
Answered By: Coasty - 2/23/2008
Not enough info... More
Answered By: Irv S - 2/23/2008
you are correct a surge protector alone will not give you the proper protection according to nec' 2008 you will need to install a 8'foot ground rod system,along with a cold water grounding system [grounding & bonding] sounds like your contractor see a labor intensive job and is relunectant to do the job not sure what... More
Answered By: master electrcian - 2/23/2008
he is rong . this is going to cost much more then 6 or 8 thousand dollars .if you are going to do it right think about things in the futer like if you have gas heat and want to put a heat pump in .you have to make shure thet you will have enough amps and room to add it.
Answered By: mke - 2/23/2008
If 'idiot' doesn't stick try 'ignorant... More
Answered By: dirtydog - 2/23/2008
I don't know where you live but 6 to 8 grand isn't gonna get you much if you plan on rewiring your house. I charge$125 per hour depending on your home to completely rewire could cost more like 15 grand
Answered By: tatimsaspas - 2/24/2008
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