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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.
When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
I had purchased a used car while living in Fairbanks and taken my car to Simard Automotive based on the reviews found online. A month later I had placed the car on Gumtree in the hopes of selling the car before I left Fairbanks. I had several inquires, and a few seemed promising. During this time I was approached by a co-worker/friend whom was interested in the car for his daughter. I was completely upfront about the issues with the car and even said he could contact Simard Automotive to verify what I was saying. There was a meeting arranged for the daughter and mother to drive the car. The family was happy enough with everything and made a verbal agreement to purchase the car. It was over the weekend while I was away that the co-worker/friend had rang Simard Automotive and spoke to the same individual that I had dealing with the month prior. I was abused verbally by the co-worker due to the conversation he had with Simard Automotive.Mike Simard claimed after I approached him with what happened that “…it will help my attempt to resolve this in any way I can for you…”. Despite this ‘promise’ Mike was not entirely convinced in the beginning that one of his employees had indeed revealed customer information and provided advice not to purchase the car as it was a piece of junk. In fact I had to email Mike Simard several times in an effort to follow-up this issue, where each time he grew less professional where finally passed me onto the Office Manager. She had to ring the co-worker to verify that one of the staff members had indeed given too much information.Never once did Simard Automotive offer compensation as it was their direct involvement for why the sale fell through rather believing that I should be satisfied with the firing of the staff member. The firing of the staff member was the business of Simard Automotive, not me. In the end Mike Simard washed his hands of Simard Automotives’ involvement and refused any type of compensation.
Hands down the worst shop in town!Nothing but terrible experiences with this very unprofessional shop. The latest back in February involved them for some unknown reason, unplugging my Sprinter Van's engine and battery heaters from the main power block leading to my vehicle freezing up and me having to cancel tours and lost revenue for which they never would own up to the responsibility. Nearly every experience at this place has been a catastrophe. I'd highly suggest you go ANYWHERE else.
Hopefully these guys improve on their customer service. Had my car for almost a month. My estimates finish date was pushed back many times. Kept getting update they were ordering more parts. I don't work on cars, but I would assume that ordering everything needed for the total repair would make most sense. Especially when your customer has already been without a vehicle for 3 weeks.
Dependable, affordable Towing Service in the Interior of ALASKA...........Serving the Interior since 1995
I want to add my kudos to "Mike" and the staff at Young's Gear. I give a 5 out of 5 star rating for this local Fairbanks shop. I had just bought a used PT Cruiser and a week after buying it I had a major transmission leak which I thought was a seal gone bad on the trans-axle. After I said a prayer for guidance, the next thing I saw and read was mszendrey's review from 3/4/13. I had a just had similar experience from Gene's over the phone, so this clicked as my sign that this was the shop I needed to help me. I called up and got a cheerful professional greeting from Mike who was as friendly and personable as he was professional in his highly skilled trade. The day of the appointment he diagnosed the problem as the wrong cv axle pushing out the seals because my model did have not anti-lock brakes and the one that had been previously replaced did. They looked almost identical but were a part number off. This is something that a normal jack of all trade mechanic would not have probably even noticed or checked. He gave me an estimate that was little over $400 after he thoroughly explained the situation and the options he could do. (I was anticipating close to a $1000 bill going in) and his final bill came to $332.95, after he replaced the cv axle assembly and getting it all put together right.I wish we had other specialty shops that were as good and as reasonably priced as Young's Gear. Although I didn't get to meet him face to face, Mike is the most professional shop mechanic I have ever had the pleasure doing business with. May God Bless these guys, this is the way business should be. Professional, knowledgeable, courteous, and reasonable.
I would like to give Young's Gear a 5 out of 5 for I got this email from genes *please read with caution and hold your laughter for later* When you are done reading and laughing please continue to readThe price on the transfer case chain is $444.00. We would have to order from Chrysler which takes about a week. If you need it quicker than that we can air frieght it to us which would be an additional $75.00. Let me know if you would like to order the chain and if ther are any other parts in the transfer case that need replaced. Thank YouRon BeaumariageGenes ChryslerParts Manager After reading this you might be thinking the worse well I can assure you, I didn't buy my chain from genes rip off. I went through youngs gear. and though there was a miss communication on the price (one guy quoted me 117 the other 140 somethin) they gave me the initial quote of 117. I recommend young's gear for all your driveline, tcase, transmission, or misc, needs. these are wonderful people.-97 laredo-
Dependable, manners and helped us thru our misfortune...........yes we'd call on them again !
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: