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Old 04-24-2013, 12:13 AM   #1
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I'm trying to go as cheaply as possible. I've built an electric control panel based off of Kal's, but I don't have any 220 power to my garage. Electricians I've had come over quote me around $600. What are some other options? Generator? Cough up the dough? Anybody wanna do some cheap electrical work in Council Bluffs, Iowa for beer?

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Old 04-24-2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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Kinda shot yourself in the foot by already building the panel with what I assume are 220v parts. What I did was I used 2 separate 120v circuits to drive two 1500w elements in my BK. Do you have a 220v electric dryer in a basement? If so you could brew down there and feed off that line.

If neither of these work you may have to cough up the cash.....I have quickly learned that this isn't a cheap hobby.

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How close is the garage to your electrical panel?

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Old 04-24-2013, 01:17 AM   #4
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The garage is about 50' from the house. My dryer is gas powered. And I don't think I shot myself in the foot, I just need to adjust fire.

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Pay for the install.....

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It's not that hard to do the wiring. You could easily do it yourself for cheaper than $600. Just make sure you read up on your local codes so its done right. Also, realize that the 10/3 romex is not sure cheap, I think like $2 a foot so 50+ feet to install I your garage is going to cost a little bit

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Pay for the install.....
Thanks, that's what I might end up doing. I wired the panel myself, but I don't want to burn the house down.
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It's not that hard to do the wiring. You could easily do it yourself for cheaper than $600. Just make sure you read up on your local codes so its done right. Also, realize that the 10/3 romex is not sure cheap, I think like $2 a foot so 50+ feet to install I your garage is going to cost a little bit
So thats going to be $100 for the cable just to the garage, say another $40 for cable in tha garage (don't know where it is going), lets say another $150 for parts like CB, GFCI, Elec panels, JBs. That is just under $300 for parts, $300 in labour at $45/hr is 7 hours of work. So a day to install it all seems right?
If you DIY you will still need to pay for the parts, then I don't know of your local regs but would you also need a sparky to sign it off before connecting to the main panel?
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So thats going to be $100 for the cable just to the garage, say another $40 for cable in tha garage (don't know where it is going), lets say another $150 for parts like CB, GFCI, Elec panels, JBs. That is just under $300 for parts, $300 in labour at $45/hr is 7 hours of work. So a day to install it all seems right?
If you DIY you will still need to pay for the parts, then I don't know of your local regs but would you also need a sparky to sign it off before connecting to the main panel?
Thanks mate. I've got another "sparky" coming over next Monday to take a look. Don't trust myself enough.
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Thanks mate. I've got another "sparky" coming over next Monday to take a look. Don't trust myself enough.
Slip into the conversation that the power upgrade is for you homebrewery upgrade, you might luck out and find a beer snob sparky that might cut a deal for a sample of your beer
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