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Old 02-27-2013, 08:52 AM   #1
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A basement currently has 6 pull chain light fixtures(bulbs) like below.
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And only one gfci outlet which is right below the panel. I guess this satisfys the requirement that each basement is suppose to have at least 1 outlet. Want to finally get the light bulbs in basement replaced with flourescent fixtures, have switches control the fixtures and Also add 8 outlets around the perimeter of the basement.

The current pull chain light bulbs are wired to plastic boxes which are attached to the ceiling joists like above. Basement is unfinished with cinder block walls and no ceiling. The new 4' flourescent fixtures which are corded are already purchased. So 6 more outlets will need installed at the ceiling level to plug the lights into. The panel in the basement has plenty of room for additional circuits.

Here is the floor plan showing the
-existing pull chain fixtures
-each pull chain fixture will be repaced with a 4' flourescent
-where switches are wanting to be installed to controll the new flourescent lights
-where wall outlets are wanting to be installed
-outlets will also need installed at ceiling for each flourescent fixture
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Here is the quote that was received for adding 8 wall outlets, 6 outlets in the ceiling for the lights and using the fixtures that are already purchased.

from #1 in the quote I assume romex will be run thru the joist then dropped down to lactions in conduit

In #3 what does it mean where it says any overfilled existing electrical boxes will be blanked off & a remote electrical box installed for convenience of the lighting fixture receptacle?

Also Does the quote sound reasonable??
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Seems pretty fair to me.

Why are you asking us about the details of the quote? Why not ask the guy who wrote it?

I find his descriptions and over detail a bit funny though.
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Why are you asking us about the details of the quote? Why not ask the guy who wrote it?
It was ask of him to explain. Has been 5 days with no response.
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I'll do it for $100.00/hr plus material.
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I'll do it for $100.00/hr plus material.
I would have to conduct an agility test first on you and review your alcohol consumption the night before.

I did read the thread thats been going on here about "Question about changing a service panel (breaker box)" where $100 was thought to be too much.
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I never itemize I just give the customer one flat fee for the whole job. But that quote seems reasonable and $100 is not expensive when you are getting skilled labour work done in your home.
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I'll do it for $100.00/hr plus material.
I do think the $410 for material is a little high but I guess not outrageous for 14 outlets(2 GFCI), 6 switches, 28 metal boxes with either outlet covers, switch covers or blank covers, romex and then cable clamps, wire nuts etc.

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But that quote seems reasonable and $100 is not expensive when you are getting skilled labour work done in your home.
When we called and asked the question to explain the comments in the quote, we also asked if he(the electrician who came for the estimate) would be there for the work or if he will be sending others to do the job.

This is what concerns us. You get the electrician to talk up the quote and then he sends "less skillful" guys to do the install? Is this being paranoid??
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Does that quote include the permit?
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Does that quote include the permit?
Dont know if one is needed.
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This is what concerns us. You get the electrician to talk up the quote and then he sends "less skillful" guys to do the install? Is this being paranoid??
A 'lil bit, yeah.
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I never itemize I just give the customer one flat fee for the whole job.
Now I dont mean list every wire nut, every cable clamp, every switch I mean just a total parts price.

If I asked you for a labor price and a parts price and you refused to provide the parts price, you would have wasted your time coming to look.
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This is what concerns us. You get the electrician to talk up the quote and then he sends "less skillful" guys to do the install? Is this being paranoid??
I wouldn't say paranoid, I would say rude and entitled. Unless you are dealing with a small shop there is a good chance you are going to get someone else. Expecting an owner or member of management to send a "hack" is like you saying right now, "if it isn't him there's going to be problems, and I'm going to find them."

Why would they send someone they were not confident with? Do they want a call back? Do they want bad reviews spread around town or the Web?

I've seen journeymen who do cleaner work than their boss. They just don't want to deal with customers and avoid the management side. And at times I doubt many people can blame them.

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