Houston
hi ,

any one know good plumbing contractor in houston area for gen set install ?

after talking with city of houston plumbing dept and the gas utility company ..

i figured out the plumber i got quote from had not worked with the larger gen set installs ,,,, only the smaller ones. so he was not up on process of high preasure gas meter - regulators install... so i think he just thru some high numbers out there. (see previous quotes )

also everyone thanks again for your informitive post !!

" ALL" requirements seem to be coming to light now , rather than in middle of install .

houston does have turnkey install companies , but i have been thinking this would be more expensive route ? any expeirances with turnkey companies ?

thanks again , joe
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johnc
What's a turnkey co.? Is that something from south of the Rio Grande? How tough are your city codes and inspections? A gen. shouldn't be much different than installing a central a/c unit. Neighbor noise should seem to be the only problem.
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MjrBad
Great Houston Plumber & Electrician Recommendation

Not sure if you're still trying to find a Plumber and/or Electrician for your Generator install, But I Highly recommend the following companies.

In 2009, I subcontracted the installation of my Guardian 20kW Air Cooled Generator with the Load Shedding ATS to these two companies:

Nick's Plumbing Ask for Nick
1420 N. Durham
Houston, TX. 77008
713-868-9907
[url]http://nicksplumbing.com/[/url]

Illuminations Lighting Design Ask for Louis Torregrossa
607 Durham Drive
Houston, Texas 77007-5316
713.863.1133
[url]http://www.illuminationslighting.com/[/url]

Let me know if you need any other information. Good Luck.

Michael
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Houston
hey thanks for contractor info ! ,

yes , i am still in process of getting contractor and final design.

thanks again , joe
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genme
johnc;9014 wrote:
What's a turnkey co.?
A turn-key project is one where you can deal with one company for the complete job. You can just "turn the key" when the job is completed and have a functional whatever. Someone, other than you, is responsible for handling all the details.

Generally speaking, a generator turn-key project would include generator sizing, the generator purchase, the electrical and gas connections, and initial start-up.
Model 5875, Nexus controller, 999cc Engine, 20kW LP, 2011
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MjrBad
Houston Installation

My personal experience with Houston "Turnkey" installation from Local Generac Dealers was:

1. I new more about the product (Specifically the use of the "Load Shedding Transfer Switch" than they did. Lowest Dealer "Turnkey" quote $12,500

2. They were Dramatically Higher in price than what I could do acting as my Own General Contractor.
a. I got prior approval from City of Houston Permit Department
b. I arranged, paid $300 for Natural Gas Meter Upgrade from Centerpont
c. Purchased the Generator and Transfer Switch myself
d. Arranged for the Plumbing and Electricall installation and Startup.
3. Total Project cost $8,500

I have General Contracting Experience. If you don't, then a "Turnkey" job might be more appropriate.

Again, Good Luck

Michael
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Ira
What genset was that price for?
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MjrBad
Guardian 5506 20kW with Load Shedding ATS
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Ira
My numbers may be off, but that sounds like the best turnkey bid you got was charging you at least $6000 for installation and "other stuff". The Houston area dealer I used charged substantially less for installation/startup of my 22kW turnkey job in the summer of '08, and based on Ziller's price for the 5638, I got a great deal on the genset and ATS. I got bids from two Houston dealers. If I remember correctly, they was about $3000 difference between the two.

Bottom line is it only costs an hour or two of time to get an estimate, and the estimate may also provide answers to some questions. As documented in this forum, I had some pretty significant problems with my genset early on which required the service tech to make quite a few service calls (most lasting several hours each). I know it's not supposed to make any difference on a warranty call where the genset was purchased or who installed it, but I'm glad I didn't have to find out otherwise.

Houston...have you talked to any dealers about a turnkey deal yet?
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Houston
Hey Ira,

i got side track on property line and util easements, ended up getting survery company out on site. turns out our back fence is located 3' into the the Neibour's yard . really weird so far off the property line.

end result our first choice location for genset was in util easement.

so now looking at our second choice location on side of garage.

now this has been decided, can get back onto pricing job with gen set on side of garage ... just makes the dist longer for gas and electric, more $$

will post again when know more.

have a great day !!
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johnc
Don't you have original property survey when you bought the house? Wouldn't the county be able to get you copies of the original survey. Something wrong somewhere.
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Geoff Z
If you happen to find a nice reliable plumber and/or electrician, please let me know, because we are growing in the Houston market, and we do not have any good dealers that we have made contact with.
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TerryB
I had a turnkey by Upton Electrical Contracting finished the 6th. Bought 20k online and had previously installed Genready 5449. I had to pay upgrade for meter, which was the biggest hassle. Now, i am in the county, but i'm sure Vincent Upton can handle the job.

281 701 5540.

Terryb
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