Electrical vs. plumbing


Old 01-24-06, 08:57 AM
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Electrical vs. plumbing

In new housing which is typically the more expensive part of the project - the electrical or the plumbing?
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Old 01-24-06, 10:09 AM
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I would guess electrical simply because there's so much more of it. But I really don't know.
Old 01-24-06, 10:28 AM
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I would say electrical. You have electrical in every room. Then again, if you are including all the fixtures and they are top of the line, that could make a big difference. Labor and normal installation and fixtures, I would guess electrical. Good luck.
Old 01-24-06, 10:35 AM
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My guess is that it depends on the requirements of your area. In the Chicago area, all electric must be installed in conduit, which dramatically raises the cost. On the plumbing side of things, Hard copper pipe with cast iron drains is more expensive than PEX/Plastic with ABS or PVC drains. Some of the cost is in the materials but most is in the installation labor to install. With either system, the higher grade of end products desired, the higher the price. i.e. lots of recessed lighting vs 1 big central fixture or fancy fixrtures vs. basic fixtures.
Old 01-24-06, 02:01 PM
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Plumbing hands down in my area.

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