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NEMA 14-50 in the garage for $450 - is that fair?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by singleview, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. singleview

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    Hi folks. Quick question. I ordered my Model S on 8/27 and I heard from my delivery specialist that the car should be ready for pick up around 9/21 or so.

    Got a quote for a NEMA 14-50 outlet in my garage for $450.

    Is that fair? Anything I should look out for/ test?


    Thanks.
     
  2. JohnSnowNW

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    Depends on what they're doing. The installation in our detached garage cost us >$3,000, for instance.
     
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    Not out of line.
     
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  5. doubleohwhat

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    Sounds fair as long as the electrician is using a decent outlet and copper 6AWG.

    A 14-50 placed on the opposite side of the garage from the breaker panel (~50ft run) cost me $1300. However, that was with running the line inside the wall (which meant a lot drywall work) and 3 AWG copper wiring to handle future dual HPWCs when my wife gets a Tesla.
     
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  6. Joe Harsanyi

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    It is not "unfair." It could be argued that the price is a little high if the breaker box is in the garage. Let's face it. It's just an installation of a 240V/50A receptacle that will carry up to 40A continuous with the necessary wire run from the box to the receptacle.

    If your breaker box is close to the proposed receptacle location, I would get another quote.......but the price isn't way out of line as patrick40363 states.
     
  7. singleview

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    Thank you. Great response. The breaker box is right there and he's dropping the outlet below it, like 2 feet. Not much work. Seems like a reasonable price, but perhaps I will get another quote since I agree with you 100%.
     
  8. GSP

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    The cable run is the most significant (and variable) part of the cost. $450 is not out of line, but for only 2' run you may be able to get a quote for $100-150 less than that.

    Good Luck,

    GSP
     
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  9. SCDrJ

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    I paid $350 or so to have one done in a prior rental house mounted on wall behind the panel (<1 foot run). Paid $600 or so for an outlet to be installed in our new build with 25 foot run. $450 is not out of line, should mainly be based off the labor rate as parts are probably under $100 (I'm figuring breaker, outlet, box, conduit etc.). You could maybe save money but you're not getting hosed. I'd look for reputation and trust before saving maybe $50-100. There's a lot of current flowing through those wires every night!
     
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  10. ggnykk

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    install it yourself for less than 30 bucks!! super easy.

     
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  11. Vad42

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    I payed just under $200 for a 1' foot run. Took electrician about an hour.
     
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    Most of the expense will be for labor. My first installation needed a complicated 30 ft. run from the panel, up into the attic and then down the far wall to where I wanted the 14-50 and it came to a little over 1K. And this was in Florida. My last installation was only 10 ft. away from the panel (in Chicago) and came to slightly less than $450. Just be sure you have 50 amps still available in our panel. A new panel is an entirely different story.
     
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  13. MGMDaware

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    I agree with others that you should get another quote. For a short indoor run, it is really easy to do and shouldn't take more then 45 min to do. The cost of the materials for such a short run might be $50. Sounds like a $200-$250 job at best. For reference, I did it myself (with a buddy) for a 50 ft run that terminated outside (needed an outdoor housing). I spent $100 on the cable, $100 for the outdoor housing and maybe another $25 for the nema 14-50 plug and gang box.
     
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  14. goofygrin

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    At my old house I had room in the breaker box (in the garage) and for about $20 in parts I put in my own outlet.

    In this house, I had to spend 5k to get a new panel, unfudge the previous owners wiring for the basement and run the line from the outside of the house, through the crawlspace into the garage.

    What you described sounds more like my old house than new...
     
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    I paid $325 to have wire run about 40' from the basement breaker box along the ceiling and up the garage wall, which was a pretty easy run. Took 90 minutes. As others have mentioned, it's a pretty easy do it yourself if you have worked with circuit breakers. I expect it will take less than an hour with $50 of parts for the pro. Sounds like you should get another quote.
     
  16. scottm

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    Ya, it's outta line. Anything more than $50 is too much.

    Wait!! that was in 1984. My bad.
     
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  17. Mbenz528i

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    I paid the same to have a 240 with NEMA installed where I will park the car. This included switching one of my AC units to my basement breaker from my garage breaker, and then installing the switch for the NEMA in my garage breaker. I thought this was fair based on the quotes I received.
     

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