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Question DetailsAsked on 2/27/2018

How much in 2018 to replace service entrance cables only on a 1950’s home?

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You don't say WHY you want to do this - be aware, unless just due to weathering and age, or known shorting out, if you are getting overheating or flickering or brown-downs or such that may be indicative of other issues too.

"Service Entrance Cables" means different thing in different parts of the country - back East sometimes it means from the meter box to the breaker panel - commonly $500-1000 range to replace that, though can be more in the $250-500 range if just a very few feet - basically just a few feet along and then through the wall to get from one to another. The cable itself is only $3-5/LF so access is a major part of the issue. Plus sometimes up to $500 or even more for siding/drywall repair and repainting if he has to open things up to run the new cable - though sometimes can just use a cable puller to pull the new one through behind it as the old one is pulled out).

Out West (roughly west of the Mississippi) "Service Entrance" generally means the cables from the power company transformer or distribution box at the street or on a power poie to the house - $10-25/LF is a common number for replacing that (lower end for overhead, higher end for buried cable, with about $300-500 minimum for the job), plus commonly around $250-500 additional if the mast and weatherhead need replacement too (for overhead services). Plus a few hundred $ for meter box replacement if that is rusted out or needs upgrading. Note in many areas if not most, everything on the utility side of the weatherhead or meter box is their responsibility - so repairs are their responsibility in those cases, and upgrading for more capacity can run from free to $1000 or more for a normal length run depending on their tarriffs - usually highest for urban and governmnet-owned utilities.

Here are links to a number of previous questions about upsizing your service - note some discuss distribution/breaker box upgrading, some overall system upgrading including the service entrance wiring - so pay attention to which components/sections are being talked about.

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