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house designs are dependent on sophisticated electronics and
communication systems. But you don't want Sparky to "overcharge" you.
Look in on our explorations of their craft. Eight pages, revised and updated with
new reader tips, web links, and comments.
- Central vacuum installation
- Running power to a rural site
- Should you do your own wiring?
- Elements of an electrical plan
- Web links for load calculations
- Huge savings on lighting fixtures
- Internet suppliers
- Use of jobsite generators
Excerpt from Report:
"...Q: What do you suggest for a good job?
A: Make sure your boxes are right, wire size is right, service sized right, meet code.
Did Marshall Romney home theatre. In customs, we do unit pricing off a
set of plans. Rule of thumb, $2 per sq. foot on customs. Have adequate
plugs and switches, recessed lighting in hallways, kitchens, eyeballs
in living rooms, TV, telephone, etc..
A: People who are
experienced, know the code, find out what customer desires are, and
expectations and follow-up. Electrically, I do a walk through, mark it
out the way that meets code and the customers wants. We exceed the
minimums. I watch out for the pattern of living and movement, and place
switches in best locations for customer.
A: Look at trying to
make a neat panel, length of your wire extending out of your outlets.
Level of your plates, horizontal and vertical positioning. Suggestions
to owner on type of lighting needed in each situation. Wiring
practices, compliance with code, minimizing punch list items. Be
responsive to punch list items. Attitude is the same whether small or
large home. We do subdivisions with same quality throughout. Code
allows a 14-2 wire, we use a 12-2 or 12-3 gauge depending on the
circumstance. Compare apples to apples. Scrutinize any offers you may
get. We try to be transparent at the beginning We count all the
elements from a cost standpoint, and in the proposal we spell it out.
We do a walk through right after the framing and allow the owner to
make changes there, and do an 'as-built' afterward. You will be able to
see room by room. No misunderstanding. We guarantee our workmanship and
materials for one year. And we service with integrity.
Sample Reader Tip Excerpts:
"Electricians are one of the most exorbitant per hour."
Joanne & Jerry C.
San Jose, CA
“I went to a lighting store
and looked for fixtures. I
have found the sliding scale
on prices to be very fluid,
it’s amazing how just about
anybody can undercut the
first price you get. Even an
electrician told me he could
easily beat the prices I get.”