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Old 01-17-2011, 04:54 PM
 
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i live in a apartment and have a gas stove do i need a electrition if i want to chang to electric stove
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Probably the first step is to get your landlord's permission.
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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You have to have a special line for a stove. the usual wall socket isn't enough. So, even if your landlord let's you, you may be looking at a difficult job involving walls, etc. if the line isn't already there.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Permits, plan check, inspections, someone who knows what they're doing (ie. an electrician and not a whatever you spelled), a new run of 8/3 through existing construction, connection to a panel that may or may not support a new 40-60 amp circuit ... yeah, it can be done. My guess - about $5,000 to start.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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i live in a apartment and have a gas stove do i need a electrition if i want to chang to electric stove
I think the right answer is to try to learn to cook with gas - try it, you'll like it.

Narfcake's probably about right on the cost - assuming the landlord will go for it. Way beyond anything like practical.

If you really like an electric hotplate for low heat applications, you can get a stand-alone 110V one that will plug into a regular wall socket, likewise you can get a toaster oven, both of these can remain with you when you move on from the apt.

You didn't say where you are located - but if you are in NYC, Chicago, LA - good grief, all the permitting and etc. would bust any reasonable budget, and that's before any materials were purchased or work done.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:31 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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In an apartment there's a good chance that there's already a 220 outlet, and it's easy enough to climb on a chair with a flashlight and look behind the stove. Even so the landlord would have to be asked, it's their stove.

I'm a little surprised that you prefer electric, gas is so much better for cooking and cheaper than electricity in most places.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Permits, plan check, inspections, someone who knows what they're doing (ie. an electrician and not a whatever you spelled), a new run of 8/3 through existing construction, connection to a panel that may or may not support a new 40-60 amp circuit ... yeah, it can be done. My guess - about $5,000 to start.
Holy sheep-dip. If you ever need any electrical work done, give me a call if you think that is about correct for a price.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Holy sheep-dip. If you ever need any electrical work done, give me a call if you think that is about correct for a price.
At work, we recently got a small $4k-ish project. Just the plan check, permits, two inspections (rough and final), and city license? $550.

Keep in mind that it's not just the materials and field labor, but engineering labor, shop labor, insurances, office overhead, and vehicle operating costs that have to be factored into the price too. It all adds up, especially in California where cost of living expenses are high.
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Why would you want to switch? Cooking with gas is so much easier and better. We had electric and I had a gas line added just to convert to gas.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:30 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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At work, we recently got a small $4k-ish project. Just the plan check, permits, two inspections (rough and final), and city license? $550.

Keep in mind that it's not just the materials and field labor, but engineering labor, shop labor, insurances, office overhead, and vehicle operating costs that have to be factored into the price too. It all adds up, especially in California where cost of living expenses are high.
Engineering costs for running a 240 volt 40 Amp circuit? Now I see where some of the padding come in. I know the other related costs, I've been an Electrician for 28 years and ran my own business for the past 15+ years.
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