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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.
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As part of the important inspection phase for the purchase of my home last Spring, I found Smart Choice Electrical (SCE, Robert and his helpers) from the Internet (the usual Yelp, Google, etc.). I know I want an electrician that has been doing business locally (SGV) for a number of years -- meaning no legal problem and complaints, etc. that they have to move to other new turfs. [Disclaimer: due to time constraint at the time, I did not really perform much contractor license checking, business name changes, and other business background investigations so do your due diligence as usual.] I invited SCE and also an AC /electrical contractor that installed my folk's AC system (that also did a good job and other repairs but that is a different review all together). Both parties promptly accommodate my invitation and provided free estimate among other second inspections. As a typical 70 years old SGV home with outdated and somewhat dangerous tube and knob wiring and an often faulty electrical panel model, both contractors pointed out the obvious and provided rough estimates for what the home inspectors had reported. I actually chose SCE and his helpers over the competent AC folk because Robert impressed me with his understanding of local SGV electrical code and insisted on his solution to relocate the panel (pointed out by the inspector report and my intuition) even though it appears to cost more initially than the AC folk would quote. Before of their estimates, I was able to obtain sufficient fund in the escrow from the seller to pay for the panel relocation. Robert answered all my technical questions satisfactorily (I have a electrical / computer engineering background) and lots of not so relevant questions like smoke detector in the attic for safety, installation location choice/decisions tradeoff, lighting choices, etc. Robert even spent more than 1.5 precious hour helping me to decide where the new panel could be installed to allow for flexibility for future house expansion construction. After almost 1 year of installation with no issue whatsoever, I can truly say that Robert and his folks did an excellent job with the relocation and installation of the new panel (and also proper grounding. etc.) among other little bonus things that they also performed: Robert recommended and explained the advantage of LED bulbs including dimmer (probably not compatible with most existing dimmer unit); SCE also helped install the track lighting in the living room; they even replace the exterior AC wiring and the corresponding raceway cover; SCE finished all these within the original estimate/budget and slightly ahead of schedule so we could move in on time. I would definitely invite Robert and his crew back for the balance of the electrical work that I know I would like to do to bring the wiring up to date such as proper grounding for each sockets, replace tube and knobs completely for all lighting. I would definitely recommend Smart Choice Electrical to any homeowner who will want professional, courteous, and on-time electrical service with integrity.
When my relatively new laptop (Less than 12 months old) froze I assumed it was a minor problem. When I was unable to re boot the computer I took it to a local computer shop and was informed the hard drive was damaged and all data lost. The technician tried numerous times to retrieve any data he could but was unable to get anything off it. I had lost all my MYOB data files, work files, photos and a number of other very important documents. My last back up was some 5 months prior! I accepted the fact I had lost all data and tried to think of other ways to recover 5 months worth of MYOB information. To his credit the computer shop owner searched and found California Data Recovery Services. Without even making an appointment I turned up on a Monday afternoon to the California Data Recovery Service office in West Hollywood. The following day they phoned me and told me they were successful in retrieving all data from my damaged hard drive. That day the MYOB file was emailed to me and the following day the entire backup was couriered to my door. To say the service was professional, quick and trustworthy would be an under statement.
I can only describe your expertise as "brilliant"!! I am absolutley delighted at receiving ALL of my data from my "dead" memory stick. On Monday evening I was absolutley distraught at the thought of the loss of hundreds of hours of preparation of lessons and work. I really didn't realise the actual quantity until you e-mailed the 15 pages of listed files on Tuesday when you had already re-assured me that you had sorted it. What a relief and yes, you were still working and e-mailing during the late evening. That meant I actually had more than the 3 hours of nighmare sleep that I got on the night it happened. I have and will recommend your service to ALL.Thank you again for your speedy and most helpful service.
They are the best for computer and laptop repairs in Los Angeles. I've had both my laptop and computer fixed by this place several times and they have done commendable work each time. They will give you 1) a free diagnostic (most people charge ~$50) 2) the best pricing 3) fast service Based off of my experiences, I guarantee that theyr will fix any computer issue that you have. Computer Repair Located in South Los Angeles next to Fwy 110 exit Florence. Good Prices for iphones, ipads, cellphone unlock, Data Recovery, Networks, Virus Removal, Cheap and profecional. Florence/Broadway
If you need a repair to your computer, this is the place to call. My phone call was addressed immediately, my concerns were understood and Ed went over and above what you expect in these times where money and selling isusually the first thing that is addressed, but that was not the case with Zeus Networks. Ed offered to meet me at his store in between clients, just so I could pick up my computer. He was friendly, intelligent and helped me out of a big jam with my computer. I would highly recommend this company if you need any type of repair or service for your computer.
The service was outstanding!!! I was having issues with my MAC Laptop the and the techs were so nice and understanding. Im a college student and BUSY so it was nice to know that I could drop off my laptop and have it back with a day!!! The prices are great as well since Im still in school I thought it was going to cost an arm and a leg but, it fit perfectly into my budget. Most stores you dont see the owners in the stores helping out but the owner Arturo Salcedo was very informative answering my questions. I would recommended everyone to stop by and check it!
These plumbers and electricians are the best! A few tend to brush them off because their prices aren't dirt cheap but thats because they get the job done right the first time! Mr. Cruz is not only experienced but honest as well. Everytime I have them do a job for me, he tells me what my cheapest options are and gives me various alternatives. He knows the building and safety/housing system inside out so he knows how to do all the work up to code. Trust me, dont waste your time with unlicensed cheap plumbers/electricians, get it done right with Joe Cruz!
Since switching our merchant account over from Bank of America, we have saved an incredible amount of money in credit card processing fees. They also take the initiative to contact us periodically to find ways to save us even more money. They are a truly remarkable team when it comes to merchant account services and make accepting credit cards very simple. They seem truly interested in creating long term business relationship with honesty, generosity, sincerity and integrity. I will recommend their merchant services to anyone who accepts credit cards.
I live in Montclair and I went all the way to LA just to get my computer fix by this guys. A small computer sales and repair shop with excellent service. Good prices and great work. They replace my hard drive and it was ready the same day. They installed antivirus, Microsoft office and other programs. I'm really happy with the service. My computer is working great and I don't have any problems. I strongly recommend this shop. They also give guaranty on their work. I'm glad, I found this place and of course I'm going back again.
Great service and great help with many of my question's .... our server crashed and after calling DELL and waiting on hold for about 30 mins they just hung up on me leaving me stranded. I called a lot of local places and talked to a bunch of different people. . I was on the edge of loosing about 10 yrs worth of Patient Data which would cripple the company. and this computer shop got us up and running in no time and now are hosting our backups. I recommend these guys to anyone in need of Grade A support. Great Team Guys Thanks
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: