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Power outages are unpredictable, so planning ahead is key to staying safe. This checklist helps you prepare with the right supplies and information.
998 Holli LnRockwall, TX 75087
Had a failure with a breaker during an ice storm and called Barney, not once, but twice. He helped us after hours OVER THE PHONE to fix the problem. We highly recommend Barney's Electric and will definitely use him for future electrical issues. Thank you so much!!!!!
101 East Fate Main PlaceFate, TX 75132
From Business: Voted Best Electrician in Rockwall for several years, we also are known as a reliable and trusted electrician in Garland and throughout North Texas! We cherish our customers and they depend on us for fast, honest electrical repair. If you are needing an electrician in Garland, Rockwall, Rowlett or the North Texas area, we …
420 W Lawson Rd Ste 47Dallas, TX 75253
From Business: Walker Electrical Service can handle all your electrical needs for residential, commercial and industrial . We specialize in new construction and electric services and repairs. When you need an electric contractor, it’s important to have a highly trained team of professionals that know all the codes and will wire or rewire…
Haltom City, TX 76117
From Business: By choosing Mister Sparky a residential electrician in Dallas/Fort Worth, you get the best service by the most professional, well trained DFW electricians in Texas. Every Dallas electrician or Fort Worth electrician on our team has met or exceeded state and federal requirements, so you can be confident that any work done …
Forney, TX 75126
From Business: Founded in 1983, Intex Electrical Contractors is a commercial electrical and data services cabling contractor. The company is divided into four divisions: construction, service and datacom. The construction division specializes in commercial tenant finish work for office, industrial and telecom switch sites. The service di…
Dallas, TX 75225
From Business: As a home service company, our belief is in relationships first and not the rates. We believe in creating value that will be beneficial to our clients and the community. This is because we cherish the affection and trust of our clients and the community very much. Our experts and staff are among the best friendly and pleas…
2126 Parkside AveIrving, TX 75061
This company has excellent customer service from the time I called till the service guy was at my door very knowledgeable and very friendly got my problem taken care of and price was reasonable. Will use them going forward they do everything, Bubba and Robert are a hoot
7210 Euclid DrRowlett, TX 75089
From Business: Offering electricians and electrical & lighting services. Plata Electric Llc, offers reliable electrical services to both commercial and residential customers in Rowlett, Texas, and the surrounding areas. We provide electrical service for new construction as well as existing buildings. The quality of our work speaks for it…
408 Ole Wagon RdQuinlan, TX 75474
From Business: For prompt home electrical system service with professional results, you won't find a better company than McCarter Electrical Service. Inc. With more than 27 years of combined experience, our licensed electrician will get the job done right the first time, whether it's repairing a light switch or upgrading your homes wirin…
9431 Mayblossom WayDallas, TX 75217
From Business: Enhance Electric is regulated by the Texas deferment of Licensing and Regulation TECL_27264. We provide quality electrical construction service on all types of projects small or large in residential, commercial and service, in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas. We provide professional, experienced electricians t…
3526 Lakeview PkwyRowlett, TX 75088
I contacted contractor doctor on Monday before thanksgiving and informed the owner that i needed to move in on the Monday after thanksgiving and was wanting to paint the inside of fairly new house I bought. The owner JD informed me that he had some people that were needing to work that week & he…
929 22nd St Ste 102- 116Plano, TX 75074
From Business: DEVARD?S offers affordable, reliable, energy-efficient, commercial and residential plumbing, electrical, heating and HVAC systems for the Dallas - Ft. Worth area with our ?100% customer satisfaction policy?, which is our company motto and what has led to our success. We service and install recognized quality brands, and ar…
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Very nice man; good service. I would call again. The only downside was the price was a little higher than I thought it would be. When I called to set up an appointment I should have asked about the hourly rate up front. I would think a master contractor and an apprentice would be about $100/Hr, plus materials. Three people showed up and worked for about 25 minutes. The repairs were relatively minor, and I'm guessing the materials were between $15-$30. Total bill was $180, so labor was probably $150 for the 25 minutes. I understand electricians suffer a ton of overhead and any call is rounded up to the nearest hour, but I think I rather would have had an electrician and apprentice for 40-50 minutes rather than three people for 25 minutes to help me with expense. My fault for not clarifying the hourly rate beforehand, not theirs. The invoice didn't break out labor and materials, but I'm guessing I paid for three guys all rounded up to an hour. They had three guys because they were on their way to a bigger job, which I understand, I'm just not sure it was what I needed for (I think) relatively simple fixes. Still, I recommend calling for electrical work. The service was overall very good. They showed up early and cleaned up after themselves. If you're not getting an estimate and just calling someone out for work, ask about the hourly labor rate and number of people coming out beforehand just so you have a general idea what the bill might run. Or better yet, get an estimate first. Even if you happen to find the price is a little higher than other electricians, go with Barney. He seemed like an extremely honest man to me and I would trust him for future repairs.
I found Barney's Electric in the Sachse yellow pages, gave him a call to install an entryway light that was just too high for us to reach. Prior to calling Barney, I had gotten off the phone with another electrician I also found in the phone book, who advised me that for a meager $69 fee, they would come out next week to give me an estimate for installing the light. That $69 fee was just for the technicians to give me an estimate for the actual work. Thank goodness I didn't go with that company! I saw Barney's add and I called him, explained the height of the ceiling and what I wanted done, and over the phone gave me a final quote that was significantly lower than I expected. Didn't even charge me any fee for the estimate! He said he would come out the next day to install the light. He arrived, about 15 minutes early and I couldn't be happier with the finished product. He was respectful, very careful with the most enormous ladder I've ever seen and I knew instantly that this man knew what he was doing! He and his partner even tried to clean up the little bit of ceiling debris that fell down on the floor. I've had workers come into my home, bang into my walls with their equipment, be disrespectful, leave doors open and just not seem to care about their customers. Barney was amazing and I will recommend him to everyone who asks! You definitely will NOT go wrong choosing his company! I will be using him for whatever electrical needs my family has from now on! Thank you Barney for making such a great impression on a first time customer!
Awesome Old Fashioned Customer Service Provided by YPmobile Posted by tb000 on 07/25/2011 I had an AC electrical issue this week during the 100 plus degree weather. Barney came out took a look and diagnosed the problem right away. I had to call over the weekend to ask a question. I could not believe that he actually answered the phone and took my call on a Sunday afternoon!!! He then followed up with me on Monday without being prompted to ensure that everything was working properly and to ask if I had any other questions. I could not believe that this kind of customer service actually exists anymore!!!! I will definitely recommend this electrician to my friends and associates. He is the one to call when you need an electrician. I wholeheartedly endorse this business!!!!! Report Abuse Respond to this ReviewRead all reviews by tb000 5 stars Fantastic Job Provided by YP.com Posted by tommcwilliams on 03/14/2011 Barney did a great job. Asked a couple of questions and knew exactly where to go. No wasting time and very efficient. Was a pleasure to deal with. Is very personable as well. Makes the whole experience enjoyable. I will definitely be using Barney from now on. It is hard to find service companies today that you can trust and get along with. I recommend Barney. Report Abuse Respond to this ReviewRead all reviews by tommcwilliams Rate this Review:Thumbs Up (0) Thumbs Down (0) http://www.yellowpages.com/rockwall-tx/mip/barneys-elecrtic-86991/reviews/new?lid=86991 .
There are different kinds of electricians. Some mostly work with contractors to install and map out electrical circuits inside homes and commercial buildings while others lay wire for large projects such as telephone lines and traffic lights. Keep this in mind when narrowing your search for a professional. If you need a tradesperson to work on your home or building, contact an inside or house wire expert. These professionals specialize in designing and putting new electrical systems in place for houses and commercial buildings.
When you contact an electrical contractor, describe the job that needs completing. Maybe you have a large project, like a remodeling plan that requires new wiring, or a small one, such as replacing a light switch or socket. Let the electrician know. Not every person you call will have the training and know-how to do more complex work.
To further hone your search, make sure you ask electricians the following questions before hiring:
1. Are You Licensed?
Trades such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical work require contractors to carefully install complicated systems that could be hazardous if they're installed incorrectly. Therefore, most states require electricians to receive training and obtain a license before working. An electrician that's licensed is one that's competent and knowledgeable enough of his or her trade to install and maintain electrical systems.
Electricians must complete thousands of hours of training in order to get a license to practice their trade, so make sure not only the company you choose but the employees doing the work show you their license. When you view the license, ensure that it's up to date and that it's issued by your state.
2. Are You Bonded?
There's potentially a lot that can go wrong if a tradesperson like an electrician installs wiring the wrong way. To spare you and your home or office from subpar work, make sure the electrician is bonded. Being bonded means the professional has an intermediary that can pay for any damage caused to a property or foot the bill if the contractor fails to finish the job.
3. Are You Insured?
Besides a bond, you also need an electrician that's insured. Many states require contractors to carry some form of insurance along with their license. Insist that whomever you hire has the proper amount of insurance for the work you need done and call the insurer to check the policy.
See that who you hire for the job has liability and workers' compensation insurance so you don't end up paying for injuries or accidents caused by the company's work. Workers' compensation insurance means the business can provide for any of its employees if they're hurt on the job.
4. Is Your Business Licensed?
Not only should you check that the electrician is licensed by your state, you should also ask if his or her company has the certification to operate in your area. Both the electrician as well as the business he or she works for need licenses either issued by the state or local municipality.
5. Who Will Do the Work?
Ensure the person who actually comes out to complete the work is licensed, bonded and insured. You need to know not just the company that's doing the work but the person they're sending out to your home or building. Make sure the employee doing the job isn't an unsupervised apprentice. If it happens that the business uses a subcontractor, check with both the company and the tradesperson that the same kind of bond and insurance applies for that subcontractor as it would for an employee.
6. How Much Do You Charge by the Hour?
If you have a small and simple job that needs completing, such as a new light switch, then ask the electrician how much they charge for it before hiring him or her. When it comes to larger, more intensive and time-consuming work, you'll want to inquire about the contractor's hourly rate. Many tradespeople will offer to come out to your home or building, examine it and give you an estimate as well as tell you how much they charge per hour. It's best to get this in writing before proceeding.
While you're at it, call several electricians to come out to your home to give you an estimate on the work. This way you can get an idea of what the average price of the job will be.
7. Do You Offer a Warranty?
Many reputable tradespeople provide warranties for their work. Inquire if both the labor and parts the electrician uses are under warranty and how long the work is guaranteed for.
8. Do You Have or Need a Permit?
Depending on what kind of repairs or installation you need, your city could require a permit for the electrical work. Ask your electrician if the job calls for one and have him or her put the permit under his or her name. Ensuring the tradesperson obtains a permit will safeguard you from any blame if the labor turns out to be subpar.
Finding a trustworthy electrician isn't hard, but you must do your due diligence. Make sure whomever you hire is licensed, bonded and insured, and that the professional can show you proof of all three as well as get the necessary permit for the job. Besides these important factors, you can take further steps to guarantee you obtain a reputable tradesperson.
1. Get Referrals
Ask your family, friends or neighbors if they can recommend a professional to you and inquire if they're pleased with the work. Better yet, ask them if they can show you the project the electrician completed and ask them how long it took the worker to complete it.
2. Look Online
It can't hurt to also check electricians out online. Look for reviews, ratings and, most importantly, see if they have any complaints on file with your municipality or with your local business bureaus. If former customers filed grievances against them, you may want to steer clear.
3. Ask for a Quote
Reputable electricians will give you a quote for small work over the phone if you ask and will travel to your home to quote you a price for larger jobs. Be wary of one that declines to give you an estimate or insists that he or she charge you for coming out to your house.
4. Ask Them About Their Experience
Being bonded, licensed and insured is all well and good, but you also need an experienced professional to do the work. With that said, interview electricians about past projects they completed and how many years they've been in business or how much training they have.
5. Be Wary of Suspiciously Low Estimates
Watch out for contractors that greatly underbid other electricians. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, always remember to get the estimate in writing before settling on a company.
While all electricians need a license, not all of them do the same types of jobs. They are usually split up into three groups: outside, inside and residential.
Outside: These types of electricians work outdoors on electrical lines that connect to power plants.
Inside: Inside experts typically focus on commercial and industrial buildings that require a lot of power.
Residential: If you're a homeowner, you'll most likely need to hire an electrician that specializes in residential wiring. Residential electricians work with low-voltage systems and wiring to install fuse boxes and light fixtures.
Like many trade groups, electricians learn their craft by going to vocational schools and shadowing professionals on the job. In order to become a full-fledged professional, a person must undergo an apprenticeship with master and journeyman electricians. An apprentice needs 8,000 hours of practical work before graduating to the journeyman level.
If an apprentice reaches journeyman status, he or she can complete most electrical work but cannot design it until completing more testing along with 2,000 more on-the-job hours.
Many do-it-yourself enthusiasts might be inclined to fix electrical problems around their home, but they risk shock and bodily injury. It's always best to call a licensed electrician, even if you have something as small as an improperly working wall outlet.
Keep the following safety tips in mind: