posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 11:20 PM
I'll preface with the TL;DR. Have crappy electrical box most likely installed when the house was built in the late 60's. Want to replace. Want to
A certain member did something stupid and had to have an electrician come out today. I'm not admitting to anything. I will say this, someone ran
wires in a weird place in my house, and if you're going to mess with stuff do it during normal business hours because they get you for after hours
calls. I would have just gone and stayed with a friend or family, but I was sketched out when I flipped the breaker and heard freaking sizzling.
Turned it all off immediately, but I don't know a thing about electricity and prefer my home standing.
So dude came out, fixed my problem (helped me out with another thing too, good guy), we went to look at the electrical panel and turn everything back
on. He informed me that the box I have (Zinsco) is a piece of crap, and that I might want to consider getting it replaced, was adamant that I Google
it first. I Googled it. Sounds like it should be replaced. The thing was probably installed in the 60's when the house was built and is also
apparently a well known crap box. I'm pretty paranoid about fires for personal reasons.
Do they just replace the box? Something about having to ground it differently was mentioned. Of course I will get 3 estimates. I'm just hoping for
a ballpark. I'm in Snohomish County WA. I Googled the cost for replacing and it seems to run from $800-$3,000. What would make it more expensive?
It's a 3 bed, 1 bath home and I don't think it requires a huge Amp load. Guy told me he thought it would be around $2,000. That's not a problem
if it's necessary, but I'd like to make sure I'm not paying too much.