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Old 11-19-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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My Licensed General Contractor has hired a Electrician on my job. I was informed he isn't Licensed but works for someone that is Licensed and is using his license. I do not know who this Licensed Electrician is or his License number. Is it possible for someone called an electrician to be using someone elses license number and not be supervised by a Licensed Electrician. There has been no one else on this job.
Anyone know anything about this. Am I getting tricked. Trick or Treat is Over. My contractor told me this is done all the time. In the first place Romex was installed by the siding guy not an electrician. Contract already broken contract. It took 4-6 weeks for me to get the contractor to check out that it is not in code. I asked him to call as I did and fought him for weeks. Now I am demanding he uses a Licensed Electrician and he wants to do this. I am in NYC.
He still is not doing what I want - he isn't licensed.
Any help would be great.
Any information to the highlighted area especially.
Any Electrician have the answer?
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Seems fishy to me, unless the real license holder will come on site to inspect all the work before it's brought live. Maybe he's an apprentice or something. I suppose that's possible and legal.

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what state, or country, are you in?


It sounds like some electrician is doing side work and somehow using his bosses license. If it is anything like that, do not let them do it. If a licensed electrician is required in your area, demand to have the EC's license, insurance, and bonding info.
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Definitely depends on your state laws.

I did a lot of work this way. Officially, the person I was "working for" (who is, himself, retired - and whose work actually scares me!) would come out and check my work, but in practice I don't think it ever happened. I could certainly have abused this had I chosen to. I didn't.

So you're dealing with a mystery. He might be a great electrician who just hasn't jumped through all the legislative licensing hoops yet, or he might be an unqualified dope. If you have any doubts, resolve them (including, as others have suggested, insisting on a "properly" licensed electrician).
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what state, or country, are you in?


It sounds like some electrician is doing side work and somehow using his bosses license. If it is anything like that, do not let them do it. If a licensed electrician is required in your area, demand to have the EC's license, insurance, and bonding info.
STATEN iSLAND, NY
Do you have any info for me regarding my location. And yes I think this is exactly what is happening. This general contractor is playing. He finally said he would get a licensed electrician then he isn't and he thinks it counts like it is. The only thing he is interested in is not to spend money in every way. tHE GENERAL CONTRACTOR IS LICENSED AND INSURED THANKS FOR YOUR HELP
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I think there are a couple guys that post here from out east. I don't know if they know the specifics of licensing in your area. If nobody here can provide an answer, I would contact the building department/ electrical division and just ask.

I remember your other post and your GC sounds like he is more than willing to ignore the rules and laws. That means you will have to make sure the rules and laws are met. It is your house and they are going to leave when they are done. You will be left to deal with any problems, if there are any, in the future.
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If the contractor can get a permit and the work will pass inspection you will have no problem or liability. Sub contracting is done all the time and is usually compliant. The key is the inspection and subsequent approval from the AHJ.
No permit? Tell them to take a hike. Today!
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that is illegal to use someone else's license number. Ask your contractor why do he needed to hire an unlicensed electrician using someone else's license number, what if trouble occurs with the project, the name and the license number will be tracked down by the authority. Still, you don't have to bother but do a great response out of this. Next time, you can call a licensed worker to help you and personally recommend to the contractor.
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STATEN iSLAND, NY
Do you have any info for me regarding my location. And yes I think this is exactly what is happening. This general contractor is playing. He finally said he would get a licensed electrician then he isn't and he thinks it counts like it is. The only thing he is interested in is not to spend money in every way. tHE GENERAL CONTRACTOR IS LICENSED AND INSURED THANKS FOR YOUR HELP
In NYC a licensed electrician needs to sign all permit applications. Do you have a copy of the electrical permit? Call the NYC Dept of Buildings at 718-816-2300 and they should be able to tell you if what is going on is kosher.
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A licensed electrician, who is insured and has an active bussiness permit can seal and sign a permit. After that usually anyone can do the work, providing the licensed electrician is ok with it. If I do not know the person and what kind of work he does. I would never allow them to work under the license.
The contractor should have shown you the license number and permit when asked .
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This general contractor is playing.
Yeah playing contractor. I put money on the fact that there are no permits nor code compliance. Contact your local town hall and ask for the planning dept. They are in charge of collecting all fees from permits and inspections and get kinda mad if they get short changed. They will be able to answer all questions, unlike us we do not have detailed local information. Find out if permits were pulled for the job. ask to see them. They will be able to help guide you in checking out your electrician.


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