This is a true story.
My cousin is licensed electrician who does mostly residential work. He is
coming over to connect 4 home runs into the panel. I've got all the
arc-fault breakers. The home runs are ready for him right near the panel.
He refuses to charge me for the job, nor will he tell me how much he would
get for it at a non-relatives house I'd like to write him a check anyways.
Hey, I'll give it to his wife. She'll take it.
Any ideas how much a job like this would cost? Thanks.
I think he's refusing to accept any money, so that you will hire
someone else the next time. By not charging, you end up reluctant to
call him again, because now any such request will be automatically
asking him to work for free. He doesn't want you to call him for any
more electrical work. Thank him profusely for this job and take the
I would give them either a $100 gift certificate to a restaurant you know
they like, or a $100 gift cert for the family at WalMart or another
department store where they shop. Cash is always nice, but with the gift
cert, they can all go get something each.
The cost of the job is not the issue. Paying back a favor is. Drop
by his house with a couple of huge-ass steaks and a bottle of really
nice wine, and say you were going to cook them up but something came
up and they're going to go to waste, so if he could help you out and
take them off of your hands you'd greatly appreciate it.
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