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Question DetailsAsked on 9/16/2013

how much will it cost to install a new braker box and install outlets in a basement

my braker box is outdated by 47years and the only outlet in my basement is being used by my washer and dryer

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Assuming your main breaker has adequate amperage capacity available, about $300-600 for an auxiliary breaker box installed, plus about $100-150/outlet assuming you either run surface-mount conduit, have exposed ceiling rafters you can run in, or do through walls but in that case estimate does NOT include any drywall repair - probably another $300-500 for repair and painting if running new wires through drywalled ceilings or walls.

If existing system does not have adequate capacity for these new outlets, then probably another $1000 range ASSUMING your incoming power line and meter mount have adequate rating (usually do), as will take a new service feed and possibly main breaker box.

This assumes that your wiring is standard Romex/NM or plastic insulated wire in BX conduit or similar - not knob and tube or fabric insulated or aluminum house wiring, which considering the age of your house is probably a fair bet but not certain, as its age puts it at the end of the fabric insulation age and right in the aluminum wiring age. If you do have any of these, you may not be able to do it without a complete house wiring replacement, depending on your local code requirements and amendments. This is because with those antiquated wiring systems, the amount of upgrading or addition is limited without replacing the old wiring at the same time.

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