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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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Since it became Mister car wash the prices went up and they quit hand finishing/drying the cars. Never did clean off all the bugs.
I called the office to get an estimate and the secretary was very friendly. She scheduled my appointment and I had an very nice older electrician come over to give me the estimate. two days they completed the work. I was very pleased.
They have a great selection of rentals, however; they are not very professional. It seems as if they make up excuses. I had arranged for chairs to be dropped of the day before my wedding so we could set up for the rehearsal and my wedding was on a sunday so they were not able to drop them off that day. we had also agreed that they would pick up the chairs the following monday morning. none of that happened. they did not call to let us know they would not be able to drop them off saturday or pick them up monday. after 60 missed calls from the venue owners, my wedding party, my parents, the wedding planner, and a few others we finally got a call back with what sounded like a lame excuse (3 hours after they were supposed to be dropped off) and they did not drop them off until 10 that night and they were 10 chairs short of what we ordered keeping everyone up late to set up the chairs. the following monday my parents and i had to drop off the chairs because they never picked them up nor did they call us. a couple days after the fact we tried to call (a few times) to get a refund for the pick up, drop off, and missing chairs that were all included in the price we paid. once again no answer. we went down right after calling to find someone standing there when we talked to them we once again got an explanation that sounded like an excuse as to why we couldnt get a refund. the man said the boss was not there and would not be there for a while and was unable to call him. he took our phone number so the boss could call us when he got back. we never got a call or our money back for the services that were not provided
Not bad in a pinch. Not a full service place. You do your own interiors.
I have always shopped at the Buckle in Cielo Vista in El Paso because it was the closest one to me so when I saw Mesilla Valley Mall got one I was ecstatic. I was shocked by how rudely the employees at this buckle treated me. They ignored me and were just talking around the register. I had to walk straight up to them to ask for a dressing room and even then I got an eye roll because I interrupted their conversation. The manager was even there and he did nothing. He looked at me once, very annoyed, and ignored me the rest of my time there. Once they saw I was actually buying things did their attitudes change. Nice to know the employees here only care about their commission than the customer. Since then I have stuck to driving to El Paso (they are much more nicer there) and ordering online. Never again will I step foot in this store. It's always empty anyways. Doesn't that say something about their customer service? Horrible managing skills and bad customer service!
This car wash is only good if your washing a dusty car. They half fast dry it and if you have bugs on your car from traveling, you might as well wash it yourself and save the $11.
Tekton Engineering and Lynco Electric have partnered together on quite a few projects. They do what they promise.
So I called asking about something called "Fabric Medium" (its used with acrylic paint so that you can pain fabric and things like that without the paint cracking) and the first person that I talked to had no idea what it was so they said they would page someone from that department. I waited for about 10 minutes before someone finally started talking to me again. I told them what I was looking for and THEY didn't know either. So I was put on hold for ANOTHER 10 minutes. I got frustrated and annoyed so I hung up and called them back again. Not sure if this was the same woman as before but I told her my problem. I explained to her that I had called earlier to ask about "Fabric Medium" and had been put on hold for about 20 minutes. She interrupts me and says that she will find someone to talk to me about it. I wait another 5 minute (already fairly annoyed) and someone FINALLY picks up the phone again. I'm pretty sure that its the same girl the entire time at this point. Apparently she couldn't hear be as I explained it to her AGAIN what I what looking for and hung up.I'm already really really annoyed at this point, having wasted so much time on the phone talking to nobody. I call back and tell her as calmly as I can that I called earlier and I'm trying to find out if they have what I'm looking for. She apologizes, telling me that she has no idea why they aren't answering the page and tries again. I wait another 5 minutes and she picks up, asking if I could call later because apparently the person from that area was on a line? I explained to her that there was someone I needed to get the information to that was already in the area and that they didn't want to waste gas going back and forth. She tell me that she'll try to find someone else. Wait another 5 minutes (SAME GIRL) I explain to her AGAIN. "Oh okay one minute". I waited another 10 minutes before hanging up again.I waited a total of 45 minutes. Within that time I could have easily gone to the store myself and checked if they had the product that I was looking for. I am HIGHLY disappointed in the lack of effort and not to mention the wait time. The girl seemed to forget that I was there every time I talked to her.
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: