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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
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I just had the worst interaction at this store. The woman working was yelling at two customers and being extremely disrespectful. I was the only other customer in the store and I just wanted to get a coke but I had to stand there as she berated these men. I finally had enough when she told one of the men to speak English. I told her that her behavior was unacceptable and then she turned on me. Well lady, I speak English and you're a nasty racist bitch.
Had some problems with some of my receptacles, so I called C.O. Specialist Jerry Goldby the manager, came over right away. They were very precise , quoted me a price and when they found some other problems ,I thought the price would, for sure go up but it didn't they are good to there word. Very clean , didn't make a mess did a fantastic job i would highly recommended them and will definitely use them again!Sincerely Ren Oakley
Chris the manager is a liar. they charged my card when I paid cash and refused to give my money back. I have proof from the bank that they charged my card. and witnesses from the store clerks to back me up. this place would do good to get rid of chris. bad for business.
This store runs like a finely oiled and tuned machine. They have never messed up anything and in fact they have actually invented remedies for solving my jobs. Couldn't live with them!!! Ha! Thank you UPS!!
Excellent work! Showed up on time, charged a reasonable rate, and was pleasant to work with. I strongly recommend his services!!
As the person previously stated, the owner is a complete con artist! I have been going to him, trusting him for about two years now come to find out he's been overcharging me sometimes by hundreds of dollars. Today he charged me $40 for a $10 job and had absolutely no problem doing that. absolutely everything he does there is overpriced, I would not recommend to anybody.
The owner of this station is a con artist! He probably doesn't pull his tricks with men-knows he wouldn't get away with it. I imagine he just cons women . He should be ashamed of conning 65 year old women. His tactics to get people to bring their car in is despicable. He quoted me a certain price and when I brought my car to him and showed him the paper he asked to keep it after I told him I couldn't afford more than that. He never called me at home to give me the new estimate which was over $100 more. This man has no scruples. Not to mention the first time I went there and he looked at car he asked me if I needed gas and said he would put it in for me and put it in from full service. I had a quarter tank to begin with and it cost me $50 for 3/4 tank. I will never go there again and I will tell everyone I know what a crook he is and I work at the VA and know a lot of people!
It's funny, I used to work at Cutting Edge a couple of years ago. There were some people that would go through people's accounts and automatically charge their cards without even calling to get their permission!! Just so they could get more commission. Turns out, these women were ex cons. I can't believe this place doesn't do background checks. If you are dealing with sensitive information, like credit card numbers, you should have to do a back ground check. I guess they're too cheap. I ended up quitting becaue Brandy was a total b word. i guess she didn't think that we could hear her talking about all of us while she was in her office. She would make really rude comments and say that we got on her nerves, but we are the people that made her money. We called and got renewals, so without us she wouldn't make the money she always brags to people she makes. She was always talking bad about someone, even to me, we would be having a seemingly normal conversation, and she would start gossiping about people that i didn't even know. She was totally unprofessional! If i told my best friend about this company, ( which i did) I would simply say, " NO ONE SHOULD WORK AT CUTTING EDGE MARKETING" they are unprofessional and they mess up your paycheck every week. Also I think that they only hired women because the co-owner ( Brandon) said he wanted to have something nice to look at during the day, and Brandy feels she can control women.. ugh what a terrible place!!
I agree with the above comment about this place, I am a former employee and I have heard Brandy West say those exact words about being able to control women easier, she old hires women, not men. The only men that were ever hired, were hired by me ( a guy) because they were qualified, not because of their gender. Brandy west is a very unprofessional ex coke addict. She is a terrible manager, not to mention person!
This Hess Station, located in Hendersonville, NC, has the best prices and a vast selection of items. In addition, Hess, is very convenient and the employees are extremely courteous. I really enjoy shopping here..
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: