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Question DetailsAsked on 6/12/2017

how much would it cost to update a fuse box and 2 prong outlets?

we have just brought a 1957 home with a half finished basement 1 story. there are two electrical panels in the basement one is a fuse box the other is a standard updated one. all the outlets in the basement are 3 prong and some of the upstairs outlets are 3 prong but not many. how much roughly would it cost to update the fuse box and change all the 2 prong outlets to 3 prong. I am not sure if the fuse box has a ground wire already in there or not.

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Here are some previous similar questions with answers - more can be found in the Home > Electrical link under Browse Projects, at lower left. The outlets - several could be done for minimal service call charge of typically $100-200, ASSUMING there is a ground wire into the box (bare wire or green insulated, in addition to the black and white insulated wires). If you have 2-wire wiring, then going to three-wire outlets means running new wiring from the breaker panel to the outlets (which might be the case if you have fuses in part of the house still) - though you can get some protection (not as good, but bettear than plain 2-wire) by putting GFCI protection on the circuit either by putting in GFCI breakers or by replacing the first outlet on the circuit with a GFCI outlet.

You would need to have a couple of electricians check it out and give you bids for the work, because the price will be highly dependent on your current electrical system, and on exactly what upgrading your local code requires if you upgrade part - because in some areas if you upgrade the wiring you have to upgrade the panel too, and vice versa.

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