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Old 02-23-2009, 01:16 PM   #16
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How to find a good electrician


Get at least five bids, do your Dot Plot
......x......x.x...x.....x
0.....1.....2.....3.....4
^relative price^

throw out the outliers at 0.9 and 4.1 and pick your guy.

This is the true cost of doing your job in Feb. '09 in a zip code with your median income (which number is available on the Web).

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Old 02-24-2009, 10:46 AM   #17
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How to find a good electrician


So far as finding a "good" electrician...

Depends on what type of work you need done!

So what exactly do you need to have done?

Some things may seem impossible to you, but might be quite easy for *any* electrician to quickly troubleshoot and find the problem.

Other problems might be very complex and an older more experienced electrician might be best.

Then there is all sorts of specialized work in the electrical fields these days - just like doctors specialize in certain areas (nose, heart, etc.).

So some electricians may do work primarily with commercial/industrial electrical and may not be up to date on the latest residential electrical codes.

Others may do mostly residential work and not be familiar with commercial electrical.

Some may do a lot of work with computer and video wiring.

Some may do a lot of work on hospitals.

Etc.

Then within a company, there will be younger less experienced people. More experienced people. Then one older very experienced guy would can troubleshoot or find any problem anywhere!

Then so far as installing new electrical wiring.... People are different and you will find all types. Some will be sloppy, others will be quite neat with their work.

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