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Posted on Electrical problems in my new shop. Help please

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#1 posted 08-07-2017 02:30 PM

Given the 1950s origin, you re almost certain to have something like a 50-60A main coming in through that fire hazard of a main box. You ll want to replace the main box at the very least. Sometimes they would have fed the main with up-sized wire, so you might be able to get a 100A main installed without pulling new wire from the pole. That is unlikely, however.

- jonah

That is what I was thinking as well. I wonder what kind of money I would be looking at to have the power company come out and run a new 200 amp line from the pole? Do you guys think that would in the sub $1,000 range just for the power company to run a new line? I have an electrician friend that can do the rest. I just wonder approx what the power company would charge? I should note that I have a meeting setup for tomorrow with an engineer from the electric company to discuss this with. I was just curious what you guys thought about the $$ they would want. That way I don’t get shell shocked by what ever the engineer says. LoL

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