Cost on electrical basement work

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Posted by: from Ottawa
12/2/2018 at 8:17:53 AM

I am looking for a looking for a cost to wire a basement renovation. Open studs, in a living area, a room and a wash room also to install 12 pot lights. In Ottawa to me esa regulations. Thanks in advance.

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Patrick from ReadyCor Construction in Oshawa
Date/Time12/2/2018 at 5:44:14 PM

The price depends on several variables that would need to be ascertained.

The best way to find out is to post the job here and have an Electrician go out and see the job. Then if it is within your budget, hire the pro.

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Dave from 360renos in Ottawa
Date/Time12/4/2018 at 5:28:24 AM

Hi Ryan

You will need an electrician to visit your home and discuss the details you would like and they will let you know what the electrical requirements are to meet current electrical code.



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Date/Time12/5/2018 at 9:46:23 AM

Hi Ryan

I agree with the previous comments, you need to talk to three Licensed Electrical Contractors (LEC) that have an ECRA number.

There is a range of pot light options to select from. Be careful when you compare pot light online or at some of the Big Box stores, many of them are not CSA approved. I have seen a lot of people purchasing the CostCo pot lights and they are a bear to install. What is saved on the purchase of the fixture is lost on labour instantly.

Ensuring that you have full 2 x 4 studs in the basement will lower the cost for the electrical too as special boxes and wiring methods will not be required. Chances are you will need to add smoke and carbon detectors.

If your panel is new and has spaces, you will be ok. If you panel is older or full, then there will be a cost of at least a panel change, which is common. The circuits for your renovation must be AFCI protected, so if your panel cannot accommodate the newer breakers or if you have a fuse panel, then you could be looking at a panel change.


John Kuehnl-Cadwell, ME, CD

Master Eelectrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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