Electrical Clean Up

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Posted by: from Pickering
6/17/2012 at 7:30:03 PM

Hi there,

I have an unfinished spare room and laundry room in my basement. In the spare room, where the furnace/water tank are, there is also a vast array of wires with mysterious destinations to nowhere. And to a much lesser degree some random electrical in the laundry room.

The previous owner of the home did quite a bit of finishing in the bsmt, and he just left the electrical in a mess in the one room. Everything actually looks pretty lovely under his workmanship . . .except for these 2 neglected spaces.

Before I move forward with any reno's, I would like to resolve the electrical situation and get things in good repair and ensure easy maintenance down the road.

What are your thoughts on the cost for a sort of clean-up / organize project in the case of home electrical? Could you give a range with and without surprises?

I suspect the majority of the work he did was WITHOUT permits.

Completely appreciate this is a hugely ballpark figure given the unknowns. . .


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Jeff from Aok Roofing in London
Date/Time6/17/2012 at 8:06:53 PM

Probably be 4 to 5 hours tops at a shop rate from 80 to 120 per hour for a professional company.

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Date/Time6/17/2012 at 8:09:19 PM

Call an eletriction for inspection around 250.00. Then he or they can give you a cost price for what needs to be done.

Very important before any Reno. If any problems with the wiring could lean to a fire.

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Date/Time6/17/2012 at 8:15:43 PM

We see this all the time. Handymen are my worst nightmare with the way you described this it does not seem like a big job maybe 6 hours to do the clean up but I recommend that your electrician takes a good look at the rest of the home including the panel. A megger check maybe a good idea .

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Date/Time6/17/2012 at 8:23:58 PM

Hello with what you have told me you should look at spending about 3000 to 5000 to get your wire problem under control.

Make sure this is done befor you move ahead with repairing the rest of you home. I have seen this alot and i can tell you that it is not a big deal if you know what you are doing.

Please call a pro and save your house and the family.

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Jay from MP Electric in London
Date/Time6/17/2012 at 8:36:46 PM

A professional electrical contractor will charge around $80/hr. Permits for this type of reno will be about $250.

Best case for you is 4 hrs labour charge.

Worse case is probably 30 to 40 hrs plus material.

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Date/Time6/17/2012 at 9:16:52 PM

As suggested, there is the potential for huge variables in this project. My advice would be to get a minimum of three Electrical Contractors (EC) to give you an idea. Telling you it could be 3 hours to 30 hours is not really helpful and giving you a range of $50 to $50,000 is just as useless.

There are a number of posts on how to select an EC in general and a few specific one for the Province of Ontario.



John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Date/Time6/17/2012 at 9:26:46 PM

We did a job in Nov. where the home owner did all the electricial work himself WITH OUT PERMITS a few years back, then he sold the house, we did the work for the new home owner. The rewire job was $15,000.00..........and then another $62,000.00 to repair the damage. All the kitchen cabinets had to come down, 2 bathrooms needed to be taken apart, it was a complete interior renovation.

It started when the new home owner had an electrician come in to fix a few things, being the good electrician he was he got a permit for the work,then the E.S.A. came along to do the inspection. The inspector could not believe the mess of the wiring. All the pot lights in the basement where the wrong type, new electricial panel the whole nine yards.

So that is a worse case.


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Ramandeep from Fat Boy Renovation in Regina
Date/Time6/18/2012 at 2:21:25 AM

Well cant really say u have to call someone to come over and give u coat.

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Date/Time6/18/2012 at 7:09:16 AM

First thing is not to guess, call a qualified electrician to look at the problem they will do this for no cost.

I had a construction business in the Pickering area for 25 years, but moved out.

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time6/21/2012 at 10:17:24 PM

So much work, so many unqualified wiring people... I guess all of us properly licensed contractors will never be out of work with all the cowboys messing with wiring...

ESA tried to condemn home depot and rona from selling wiring products, they couldn't do it...maybe it'll take more electrical fires...

Been to my first electrical fire inspection, what a mess a few over tightened cable clamps can make! If only people would stick to their learned trade, people wouldn't loose their homes and their belongings.

Did you get a proper quote from an ESA registered electrical contractor?


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