Nov 09, 2006 2:31 pm
Hi all, first post be gentle.
We're finalising all the variations with our builder at the moment. In our contract we had a $4000 allowance for a 90cm upright oven/rangehood on top of the original oven included in the contract (a cheap Euro oven cooktop and rangehood). The Euro gear retailed for approx. $1200 so we expected to get about $1000 back from that. We decided to purchase a Smeg package now - while it's cheap- and got a credit back for $4000 from the builder for that. The builder asked if we wanted him to install the oven/rangehood, I agreed thinking he would know the schedule of things better etc. but he did mention that it would be dearer to install a 90cm oven (thicker cable/pipe or something?). Anyway, I got the variation today which included the $4000 credit for the original allowance and $250 for the original Euro oven package, effectively meaning it's costing $750 to install the Smeg oven/rangehood package. Does this sound right or am I being shafted?
Thanks in advance.
Edit: This is in SA by the way.
Re: Installation of appliances... am I being shafted?2
Nov 09, 2006 8:00 pm
Sounds a bit excessive to me.
Did you buy the Smeg 90cm freestanding oven and rangehood package from Harvey Norman?
If so I just bought the same package. There should be no difference in install costs between a 60cm and a 90cm oven.
Re: Installation of appliances... am I being shafted?6
Nov 17, 2006 10:03 am
Just for some closure on this I got this response from the builder that I'm fairly happy with:
"Unlike the standard Euro appliance, the SMEG SA9066X has a higher power rating and needs to be hardwired on a separate circuit to the meterbox. The wiring needs to be upsized to cope with the additional power loads, thus the additional expense."
The original Euro package was only valued at $800 so effectively the extra wiring etc. is costing ~$550.
Re: Installation of appliances... am I being shafted?7
Nov 17, 2006 4:32 pm
All oven circuits are hard wired to a separate circuit in the meter box. As I posted before, my sparky would charge $300 for a 30A circuit.
The Smeg SA9066X (Gas/Electric) draws a maximum current of 17.1 amps so a standard 20A circuit would suffice. There is nothing unusual about the power requirements for this oven as most oven circuits are standardized at 20A.
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