that had to be a typo.
I could see it being about $6-8/SF.....or $15,000 on a 2,200 SF house.
Its costing me about $3,500 to retrofit with aluminum wiring with the Alumiconn devices/connectors. Its actually costing me about $2,500, because the kitchen & both bathrooms were completely gutted to the studs and all copper branch wiring was installed. I'm having to retrofit all of the outlets/switches in the living, hallways, bedrooms, & dining room.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says there are only three safe ways to cure aluminum wiring on a permanent basis:
1) Total rewire of house (too expensive)
2) Use the COPALUM device by Tyco to pigtail each outlet/stitch/fixture (there is not a single contractor in Houston that does this, it requires a special tool that Tyco leases out at a very expensive rate, and contrators have to be specially certified to install the COPALUM connector).
3) Use the Alumiconn connectors to pigtail each outlet/switch/fixture. This is costs about $3,500 on a 2,200 SF house.
It is highly recommended that use do not use the Purple Wire Nuts made by Ideal. They are not approved by the CPSC and have a high rate of failure, and are prone to melting/burning.
[This message has been edited by DRE06 (edited 11/8/2011 8:58a).]