Things You Need To Know Before Calling For An Estimate For A New Electrical Outlet


Before you start calling up all the electricians in your phone book looking to get a quote or estimate for installing a new electrical outlet, you will need to gather up specific information that will help the electricians you call give you the most accurate estimate.

Gather Information

The first thing you need to do is gather up all the information that the electrician is going to need to know in order to give you an accurate estimate.

  • What You Plan To Use It For: You'll need to know exactly what you plan on using the outlet for. Most electricians will want to know exactly what you plan on using the outlet for in order to verify that the type of outlet you want installed is the correct one. For example, if you want to use the outlet for plugging in a lamp, a charger, or other small electrical items, you only need a 120-volt outlet installed. If you want to use the outlet to plug in a large appliance, such as a fridge or a washer or dryer, you'll need a 240-volt outlet installed.
  • Where You Want The Outlet: You also need to know where you want the outlet installed. Installing an outlet inside of your home requires different supplies than an outdoor outlet.
  • Distance To The Control Panel: Next, you'll need to provide them with information about how far the control panel is from the location where you want the outlet installed. Take a measuring tape and use it to measure the distance between where you want the outlet and the control panel.
  • Exact Location Of The Control Panel: You'll also need to let them know if the control panel is located below the room or area you want to install a new outlet in the basement, or if it is located on the same level as the room where you want the outlet.
  • Amount Of Open Space On Your Control Panel: You also need to open up your control panel and see if it has any open breaker spaces. The inside of your control panel is composed of rectangular shaped switches or breakers. If there are open rectangular spaces, you have extra room for another circuit on your control panel; if you don't have any open spots, you are out of room.
  • Brand Of Your Control Panel: Finally, you'll need to write down the brand of your control panel. Your electrician will need to know that in order to ensure that the supplies they have will work with your control panel.

All of the information listed above will help the electricians you call develop a solid understanding of what you need and how much work the job will entitle. This will help them provide you with a more accurate estimate for the job. Contact an electrician like Dunedin Electric Co., Inc. for more information.


21 September 2015

adding electric lights to your yard

How well is the outside of your home lighted? Do you have several areas around your home that become pitch black after the sun has fallen for the day? If you live in an area that does not get very much sunlight during the day, you probably have the same amount of success as I have had trying to use solar powered lights to light those dark areas. I finally broke down and contacted an electrician to help me run some power to the dark areas and install some much needed lights. He was able to give me a few suggestions that would not only brighten up my dark yard, but also look very nice from the street.