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Old 08-18-2009, 08:35 PM   #16
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And there is nothing more fun than crawling though an attic in August on 56 year old knees!
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:39 PM   #17
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Getting an "electricians" license in Georgia got harder July 01, 2008. It used to be that you could just get the license in any county in Ga. you were working in. NOW-you are required to have a State License which works in all of Ga.'s county's.
You are thinking of the General Contractors license, which just recently went into effect.

There are two categories of electrical license in Georgia: restricted, and unrestricted. Restricted is limited to 200 A single phase.

There are four categories of low voltage contactor: general, telecommunications, alarm, and general.

To become (electrical) licensed, you need 8000 hours of documented employment under the supervision of a licensed electrician. Then the test is two parts, total of 8 hours, with at least a 70 to pass.

Low voltage guys are allowed to do some limited electrical as it pertains to their trade. For example, if the electrician runs a circuit for some IT equipment, but leaves it terminated in a junction box somewhere, the LV guy can legally install wiring from there to his own receptacle. I have yet to see this done properly...
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:41 PM   #18
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Nice to know what it takes. Obviously no time for that now, it would have been something to do out of school if I wanted to go that route. Funny as when I was a kid I actually wanted to be an electrician, then ended up in IT. Guess if ever I get sick of IT it's a potential career path to consider.
Sounds like me
I took electronic/electrical courses in high school
My old man was into electrical, so we had to help run wire as kids (our houses)
I hated having to do it at the time
But the experience & knowledge has paid off
I also slipped into IT, building XT's, 286's & then 386's
By the tiem 486's came out everyone was making them & the profit fell out of the market
Then I went into support/Novell/servers etc
Y2K was a big boon to the Computer field

Crawling thru my last attic & crawl space was enough for me
I do like making sure my house is wired correctly
My friends think I'm a ittle crazy with the big projects I have taken on with this house
But I see a distant light at the end of the tunnel



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I used to feel good about a job-well-done. Now I just like getting paid
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Yeah that's the thing with being an electrician. Got to go in the worse places like attics that are too hot, or outside when it's too cold, or raining. I can't even spend more then 10 minutes in the attic without sweating like crazy and having to come down. I have a few jobs in mine I need to do (non electrical) and I decided to just wait till fall/winter. haha.
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Yeah that's the thing with being an electrician. Got to go in the worse places like attics that are too hot, or outside when it's too cold, or raining. I can't even spend more then 10 minutes in the attic without sweating like crazy and having to come down. I have a few jobs in mine I need to do (non electrical) and I decided to just wait till fall/winter. haha.
commercial or industrial electricians don't spend much time in attics.
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nor do residential, as long as you are not doing stick frame stuff.......
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Yeah that's the thing with being an electrician. Got to go in the worse places like attics that are too hot, or outside when it's too cold, or raining. I can't even spend more then 10 minutes in the attic without sweating like crazy and having to come down. I have a few jobs in mine I need to do (non electrical) and I decided to just wait till fall/winter. haha.
I just have one service call not too long ago kinda pretty crazy try to figure out how to lug the 250 HP motor out of the basement { can not use the stairways due safety issue } so end up lift it up thru the smoke stack

Yeah I know you will say WTF ??

The reason why I go that route due the boilers are off line so it was a good opperonity to do this if this done in winter time screw that we will find other way to get it out.

The most crazy one I done allready is crawl in 2 foot faux ceiling to get to the subpanel and have to remove it and relocated that now that is very warm spot to deal with it.

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Yeah that's the thing with being an electrician. Got to go in the worse places like attics that are too hot, or outside when it's too cold, or raining. I can't even spend more then 10 minutes in the attic without sweating like crazy and having to come down. I have a few jobs in mine I need to do (non electrical) and I decided to just wait till fall/winter. haha.
I hear ya Red. I also have a few jobs hanging that require me getting in the attic. Two gable fans, install and connect. Glad I ran 4 extra cables (HR's) up there when I did the panel upgrade. Some duct repair and insulate better too. Also some walk/crawl boards where none exist. They WILL wait until it cools off. But I say that every summer.
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I hear ya Red. I also have a few jobs hanging that require me getting in the attic. Two gable fans, install and connect. Glad I ran 4 extra cables (HR's) up there when I did the panel upgrade. Some duct repair and insulate better too. Also some walk/crawl boards where none exist. They WILL wait until it cools off. But I say that every summer.
Haha if it's anything like IT, people always want it NOW and it's a huge emergency (even though they've been living years without it!).

Almost tempting to bring a small AC unit up there or something for extended jobs.
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I used to feel good about a job-well-done. Now I just like getting paid
Sometimes that's harder than the job itself....
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Anywhere in Canada there is no way around the Law. You need to have a license.

That said, I'm a licensed master electrician (industrial) and will never do work on other peoples homes, it's not worth the risk of getting sued or worse, causing someone injuries. Furthermore, the only "good" money in residential is for service changes and for those my friend, you'll need a license that the local utility recognizes.

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