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Going rate for electricians in Dallas area

What are some of the quotes you have received to get a NEMA 14-50 installed in your garage? We have the breaker box on the same wall where we would need the outlet installed, the wire to run would be under 10 ft and the electrician would be installing a new circuit breaker for the NEMA 1450. He quoted us 550 for labor and parts. Is that in the ballpark of what you paid? We are in the DFW area.
 

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That seems a little high considering it’s barely $50 worth of parts. If you’re handy at all, it’s a pretty simple install, not much different from running a 120 circuit, just beefy wire.
The outlet alone costs more than $50 if you’re using a high quality one such as Hubbell which is what Tesla recommends:
HUBBELL HBL9450A AC Receptacle NEMA 14-50 Female Black 125/250 Volt 50 Amp
And it’s only a simple install if you know what you’re doing. 240V is not something to take lightly. It could end up being a very expensive DIY project (from the fire). Do yourself a favor and have a licensed electrician install your 240V circuit.
 
Electricians are likely to schedule projects in half or full day increments.
You are paying the half day minimum, if you find more of a handyman accustomed to smaller jobs you might save a buck but it might be hard to find that person.

Electricians don't often have a lot of small jobs they can stack together to fill a day.
Plus someone has to pay for the labor for the estimate, if they are pulling permits, travel time............
 
Is the wall in your garage finished or open studs? I could maybe see that price if the cable needs to be fished through an insulated wall and/or drywall needs to be removed and replaced + mudded.

Might be worth looking at doing it yourself, although DFW doesn't appear to be electrical homeowner permit friendly; google turned up this quote:

"Electrical work must be performed by a licensed electrician unless the homeowner can prove to the Chief Electrical Inspector that they have the knowledge and expertise to perform the electrical work on their own home"


Parts list from home depot adds up to just under $55 + tax
15ft 6/3 - $25
50A breaker ~$11
14-50R - $9
4" square box - $2.25
2 gang cover - $3
3/8" cable clamps $2
3/4 Electrical Staples $2

Make sure you skip the really cheap 14-50R's, but don't waste $50 on one unless you plan on cycling the plug several times a week.
 
We were planning to get the Hubble NEMA 1450 - the one that Tesla has recommended. Is that not needed?
You’re thinking of taking the advice of some random person on the internet over what Tesla recommends?
Any UL listed commercial/industrial grade receptacle is fine. You generally get what you pay for in terms of insertion cycles, so spend according to how often you intend to cycle it and inspect the receptacle regularly throughout it's life. Tesla doesn't want to get sued because of edge cases (someone cycling a plug 500 times a year), so they just recommend the best receptacle readily available.
 

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