Are you sure about that? Towns will frequently require licenses to work as
electricians, but not to actually do work. My town requires that of
plumbers, but not electricians; and only for plumbing water, not gas.
Next thing you know, you'll need a licensed designer to tell you what
color your walls need to be... but I have to go, the licenced member
holder is here so I can take a whiz (otherwise the insurance company
won't pay-out water-damage claims).
(I didn't actually type this, it was typed-in by a licensed keyboardist)
It's a field in which marginally qualified people can make more than they
could framing because of stupid "laws" like you mention and because almost
no one has any idea what they really do. Get as many bids as you reasonably
can and choose by competence (for YOUR job, you ain't building a factory),
personality, AND price.
With luck, you may even find someone to sign your papers after inspecting
your work and being paid a reasonable amount for the help/supervision. This
is handy if you know one, especially. I wouldn't ask a guy who is not
pretty busy to do this, however. There ARE good guys out there, like there
are good mechanics, but it's up to YOU to find them. I've seen bids vary by
a factor of nearly three! Take your time.
I spoke with one gentleman that I suspect would have let me do some of my
own work and just checked it. Here's what happened with him. I called him
on a Wednesday. We set up to have him come out Friday afternoon. On
Friday morning, the first guy I had come out and look called to give me his
price. I thanked him and told him I was waiting for a couple of other
numbers. 30 minutes later, guy #2 called and told me he decided he didn't
want the job because he was too busy. Coincidence? Maybe. But it gave me
a bad feeling.
The other thing that gave me a bad feeling is that guy #1 wants $2200 to run
70' of 3/4" from the panel in the house into a disconnect panel in the
garage and pull #8 wire. The trench outside has already been dug. I say
Why? You've got a lot of good thinking going for you Todd - why the "bad
feeling" stuff? You'll certainly see lots of boogy men lurking in shadows
if that's what you're looking for. Life's way too short for that. Besides,
that's what the wimmin folks are for.
No kiddin', Fuggetaboutit. It's an easy job to do at this point. Do it
yourself for a couple hunnert bucks in materials and salute it from the
It's just odd that the day before the guy was gung ho and two hours before
he's supposed to arrive he's too busy to take the job. Hey, I'm not
sayin....I'm just sayin.
If I could, it would already be done. Sadly, the electrical inspector
doesn't share my opinion of my electrical skills. The city requires a
licensed electrician complete the work or no final inspection. No final
inspection, no final C of O.
My Dad was in a similar situation many years ago. Note that the
electrician has to complete the work ... but perhaps he does not have to
rough it in.
The deal my Dad worked out was that he would pull the wires and mount
the boxes but not connect the wires to anything at either end. That was
left for the electrician, who looked over the rough work before pulling
out his screwdriver.
The inspector was in and out in about 5 minutes once he saw the
electricians signature on the work.
Might work for you, too.
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
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