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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
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Water flooded into my apartment from an upstairs unit. Baxter came out promptly to assess my emergency situation and was able to fix leak at the source within minutes! Friendly and knowledgeable staff sets this business apart from the rest! Thank you!!
Very prompt, knowledgeable, courteous, efficient, clean. Recommended to me by Surefix Solutions, Inc.
HIS got here within 10 minutes of scheduled hour. Fixed all issues and then solved some others. Friendly, clean, confident, efficient and courteous. Recommended to us by SurefixSolutions, Inc., handimen in the Quail Creek and adjacent areas.
I am very happy I chose to use HIS Electric after reading recommendations on Nextdoor. I was having electrical issues with a plug in my bathroom for months and he was able to figure it out and fix it in no time. Very professional and reasonably priced, I would definitely recommend his services!
BEWARE of Excel Mechanical in Edmond, OK. They charge exorbitant prices. I replaced an old tub and shower valve with a new valve. The new valve needed to be installed about six inches higher than the old valve.When I set up the appointment, I told them that I wanted them to sweat solder six inches of 1/2 inch copper pipe to my hot and cold water lines and connect the lines to the new valve.Parts for that request should have been 12 inches of 1/2 inch copper pipe(2 ft. for $4.76), two 1/2 inch copper pressure couplings (55 cents each), and two 1/2 inch copper 90 degree elbows (package of 10 for $3.78). Total $9.64. Well within the $50.00 off parts that came with the $39.00 fee that I paid Angie's List for this service call.The plumber arrived without any 1/2 inch copper pipe. So, I retrieved 2 feet of 1/2 inch copper pipe that I had on hand from a previous bathroom remodel. That pipe already had female fittings attached that would connect to the new valve. The plumber used my copper pipe and my attached fittings plus six 1/2 inch copper 90 degree elbows, eight inches of 1/2 inch pex pipe, and two sharkbite brass pushfit straight couplings.Here is the documentation on my receipt: 6 fittings and 1/2 inch pex ringssolder/ flux/ map gasteflon pipe thread1/2 pex pipePrice: $210.00 minus $50.00 off = $160.00Labor: 3 hours $300.00Total $460.00Here are the current prices at Home Depot for all the parts and supplies the plumber brought to this job. He took most of these supplies with him when he left.Package of 10 1/2 inch copper 90 degree elbows = $3.782 feet of 1/2 inch white pex pipe = $1.278 oz. lead free solder = $15.777 oz. water soluble tinning flux = $3.8814 oz. map pro cylinder gas = $9.95520 inches teflon pipe thread = $1.902 sharkbite brass pushfit straight pipe couplings $6.94 each = $13.88Total Retail Value of Parts: $50.43 Markup on parts before discount: 316% Markup on parts after discount: 217%
I can't say enough about the integrity of this company and the people that work with Excel Mechanical. Integrity and reliability is so difficult to come by in our area. This is the first time in over 6 years that I found a "go to" company for all my electric and plumbing needs. We needed to convert our home from Propane to Natural Gas quickly and at a fair cost. Josh went over and beyond. Within a 1/2 hour of calling him, he was at my doorstep with a quote. When the Natural Gas company came out to hook up our house Josh came that same moment. I felt like I had my own personal plumber on call and he lived up to that expectation.The work was fantastic and any concerns I had were addressed immediately. I asked him to come out again and check out something, he came running. I can't say enough with the integrity.Prices were outstanding and came far below other rates I had received in the past. I also was very impressed with Damion. Damion works in tandem with Josh and they made a great team. So rare when you find not only a company, but all the staff incredible to work with.On a side note, I had referred a neighbor and Josh gave me a referral credit! That made my day!A testimony about when they were working at my neighbors. A small fire had started on another property near us. They dropped what they were doing and ran into another house and saved a child! Talk about going over and beyond the call of duty!If you are struggling with choices and even if Excel Mechanical comes in a little higher, May this review be the one that convinces you to hire Excel Mechanical. I can't say enough good about them!
Honest, reliable, reasonable and fair. Josh was on-time, professional, courteous-which is rare these days, and has a no-nonsense work ethic. Its nice to see someone take such pride in a job-well-done. And I really like the email appointment notices, too! Great job, Josh! We will be calling on you every time we need your expertise.
Honest,and top notch not a short cut type company
Excellent service, professional, fair, pleasant, and very coutreous. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
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: