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Cost of 50 amp circuit and Nema 14-50 Plug installation in SFBay area (Oakland)?

Marcust99

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Apr 17, 2021
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One quote I got to wire the Tesla charger in my garage, with the sub panel in my garage and the location about 25 feet away
was $1100. I just got another quote and it was $2800 for the same thing. I almost croaked. So yeah, get multiple quotes.
 
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JohnCostanzo

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Aug 20, 2021
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I've been receiving estimates to have a 50 amp circuit and nema 14-50 plug installed in my garage. The service panel is just outside the garage so they would just have to drill a hole in the wall and install the plug on the other side. The second option is to run some conduit to the other side of the garage so the plug would be 3 feet from the charge port. Using the Tesla recommended vendors I'm getting estimates of $1800 or so to do this. This price seems super high.

Does anyone have a more reasonably priced electrician they would recommend to do this in Oakland CA?

Thanks!
Same issue in the Seattle area. Not as high as $1800, but $800. I have called around and seeing some differences between bids. The problem is some of these bids we have an owner and then his crew. Everyone seems to need to make some money on the job even though one person is really doing the work.

I went to Home Depot and priced out all the materials. The cost in parts, for example, wiring, breaking didn’t amount to anything more than $100. Getting a permit is also around $100. So basically, I see in my case I am paying $600 in labor which seems too high.

When the electrician is only putting in a breaker and running a short wire a few feet from the box, it seems like a simple job. I would keep looking around. Make sure you have the work permitted and inspected.
 

Rocky_H

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I went to Home Depot and priced out all the materials. The cost in parts, for example, wiring, breaking didn’t amount to anything more than $100.
I think you're missing something. The breaker ALONE is $100, because it has to be a GFCI type by code. Most people who are trying to DIY don't seem to know that.
 

ChrisMPK

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I went to Home Depot and priced out all the materials. The cost in parts, for example, wiring, breaking didn’t amount to anything more than $100. Getting a permit is also around $100. So basically, I see in my case I am paying $600 in labor which seems too high.

When the electrician is only putting in a breaker and running a short wire a few feet from the box, it seems like a simple job. I would keep looking around. Make sure you have the work permitted and inspected.
Couple things... No good electrician shops at Home Depot or Lowes, so those prices aren't really relevant. Also, in addition to the physical installation, the electricians is 1) giving you the benefit of his expertise and experience, 2) taking responsibility for the installation if anything were to go wrong. Those two intangibles are what really drives the cost. Do it yourself it you feel comfortable and you will save a ton of $$ but bear in mind that you are now providing both of those things.
 
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Dmagyar

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But doesn't that go both ways? The homeowner has to pay so much money for mortgage payments. I live in the Vancouver area, which has an insane housing market, and in my neighbourhood houses are selling between 1.3 and 1.5 million dollars (7 years ago these same houses were $600,000).

I understand higher cost-of-living, but paying $1800 US for a 14-50 is ridiculous!

If I had to pay that much, I would watch enough YouTube videos to learn how to do it myself and then have an electrician come and check it out and do the final connection to the breaker panel, turn on the breaker, and ensure it's considered safe.
Then if something goes wrong, will you step up and tell your insurance company that you did the install, removing their liability in insuring your home? (I already know your answer) As a contractor along with all the municipal licenses I carried, the amount of continuing education, I had to have and maintain along with $2,000,000.00 liability insurance. I also fielded many requests from insurance companies to go out and inspect homes older than 30 years old to then place my insurance in jeopardy, if something ever happened there. I declined every attempt to put my insurance in that position. How old is your home btw?
 

JohnCostanzo

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I think you're missing something. The breaker ALONE is $100, because it has to be a GFCI type by code. Most people who are trying to DIY don't seem to know that.
"The breaker ALONE is $100, because it has to be a GFCI type by code"

If you are installing the Tesla Wall Charger you don't use a GFCI, just a standard 60 AMP breaker. This breaker only cost around $15 and is really available at most home hardware stores.

John
 
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acatwith12

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Jul 27, 2021
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I am an electrician by trade, if anyone needs an outlet installed I would be happy to help out, and yes you can buy materials for me to install.

I do not have a contractors license but I do have california state certification currently on file, and I currently work as a union electrician..

I am a Tesla owner (soon) and would not price gouge a level 2 installation. its just a 40A outlet install or whatever...

feel free to contact me and ask.
Hi! I would be interested - I'm a new user on TMC so can't pm you, could you pm me?
 

Daniel L

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Sep 25, 2020
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Not NorCal but for another data point I paid $350 through a referral for a 6 ft run in my Orange County home. Quotes on Yelp ranged from $500-$800. I didn't do thumbtack but would give that a try as well.
 

widget_pilot

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Aug 20, 2021
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Not in your area, but definitely get multiple quotes.

Got 6 quotes ranging between 250 and 1250. Just got it installed this morning by a reputable company for 450 with a 10ft run along the same wall.
 

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