Man, did my ass get smoked this morning. I called an electrician to install
220V service in my garage for my new bandsaw. He had to move one breaker to the
top of the box to free up two spaces in the bottom of the box. Then he had to
string some cable up between some open studs and drill through the top plate in
order to run the cable down another open stud in a more convenient spot, then
install an outlet. He also replaced the 7' cord that came with my bandsaw with
another that would actually reach. The price: $547 !!!
I thought I was going to shit.
Knowing what I know now, I'd have done the job myself the next time. I've done
plenty of 110V wiring but never tackled 220V service before. I got an expensive
education today. I deserve it, I guess.... I just picked this company out of
the phone book.
On the plus side, if the house burns down nobody can point the finger at me and
say I screwed it up. I didn't get electrocuted. And now I have an excuse to
buy another 220V tool. 8" jointer perhaps?
On a related note, the bandsaw's sweet. Gotta go soak my rear end in a bucket
It makes a difference where you live and what/who you know. If the
electrician is a neighbor, relative expect a small charge. However, if the
guy has to drive 75 miles in the snow bound tundra the price will certainly
reflect this time.
I have a friend who is an electrician, the price goes up if the customer
insists on helping!
Morale: Always get an estimate before allowing an work to be done.
You need to get an estimate. I had an electrician (a friend from
someone at work) to hook up my shop subpanel to main and check all
circuits I installed. He took about 40 minutes. For his work, I
agreed to give him a used Radar range oven which he needed. We both
felt like we got a good deal.
Never seems to be any rhyme or reason to it. Get an entire two story house
wired for $7500, labor and materials, then call them out to add ten feet of
under cabinet circuit the architect forgot, at the end of an already
existing run, and they want a tenth of the total price for the ten feet.
And _always_ be on guard when you see an electrician with a drill in his
hand. For some reason the breed never seems to look on the other side to see
what the hell may be there.
On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 20:58:44 GMT, "Mortimer Schnerd, RN"
I am not an electrician... BUT I did run a business for years
Just what did you expect to pay ...?
I know I would be paying for the electrician, the truck he drove up
in, the tepephone in the office, the guy who answered the phone when I
called, the insurance on the truck and on the workers health, the heat
for the office etc...and the list goes on....
My guess is that it took the electrician a couple of hours hours...ON
SITE... I would have smiled at a $400.00 bill
I'm like you ,BUT...how much time was the guy there ???
Service calls usually have a minimum and then a hourly
rate on top of that.They call it "windshield time" and
next time "ASK questions"....
In your area of NC, contractors are getting TOP dollar
for just being there...
Mortimer Schnerd, RN wrote:
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