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#126402 - 12/26/05 02:19 PM Need Advice
Tineta Offline
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Registered: 12/20/05
Posts: 1
Loc: New York, NY, USA
I'm not sure if I am being overcharged or not.
I had an electrician charge me the following:

Furnish & install 1 ceiling box: $275.00
Furnish & Install 1 switch loop: 125.00

This work was done in my home.
Do you think these fees are legitimate or am I being ripped off?
Please advise.
Thanks.
Tineta.

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#126403 - 12/26/05 02:22 PM Re: Need Advice
DSpanoudakis Offline
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Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 88
Loc: Astoria, Queens, N.Y.C.
What state are you in?

What type of box was installed?

Was a fixture installed?

What needed to be done to get the box in the ceiling?

What needed to be done to get the switch in (in terms of running wire through the attic, cutting holes, patching, etc...)?

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#126404 - 12/26/05 03:50 PM Re: Need Advice
Speedy Petey Offline
Member

Registered: 08/29/03
Posts: 175
Loc: Upstate, NY
Well, with that elaborate description I can say with all honesty you got the bargain of the century!


Also, this is a site for contractors. I'm pretty sure this thread is against the TOS of this site.
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#126405 - 12/26/05 03:56 PM Re: Need Advice
sierra electrician Offline
Member

Registered: 02/12/05
Posts: 220
Loc: North Fork, CA USA
Just off hand I'd say no. These prices do not seem too high for a remodle.

We do not know what was involved in the istall, nor do you fully understand what he had to do. With electrical work 99% of what we do is hidden in walls or your attic, this can be very dificult to acheive. The best electricans will do this quickley, neatly and make it look very easy.

Did he make you fill confidant in the work he did?
Is the work clean?
Does it work properly?

If so, use him again.

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#126406 - 12/26/05 04:17 PM Re: Need Advice
A-Line Offline
Member

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 264
Loc: Utah, USA
I had carpel tunnel surgery done this year.
Costs for medical & surgical supplies, operating room services, anesthesia and recovery room. $2,048
Costs for the surgeon to do the surgery. $4,128
Total Cost $6,248
I checked into the hospital at 9:00am and sat in a waiting room all day until 3:30pm. I went into surgery at 3:30pm. I talked to the doctor before I went into surgery and he said it would take him 45 minutes to do the surgery. I left the hospital at 5:00pm. It appears to me that the surgeon charged $4,128 for 45 minutes of work. The service was poor as I had to wait all day in the waiting room for my turn. It seemed he had alot of these scheduled that day.
The prices the electrician charged seem very reasonable to me consdering he had to come out to your home to do the work. If he showed up on time and did quality work I would be quite pleased with that price.


[This message has been edited by A-Line (edited 12-26-2005).]

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#126407 - 12/26/05 04:37 PM Re: Need Advice
LoneGunman Offline
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Registered: 10/02/05
Posts: 141
Loc: Florida
Your profile says New York, New York, if thats the case you most likely got a great deal. Of course there is no way to tell with the lack of information in your post. Posts like this crack me up, you could have always got a hack handyman to do it for probably less, then all you would have to worry about is whether your house is going to burn down.

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#126408 - 12/26/05 05:39 PM Re: Need Advice
e57 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
Ditto, Ditto, Ditto, Ditto, Ditto, Ditto.

Complain about price is net$ X 2 IMO.

Really, you should have gotten a few prices before the work. And odds are the (Cheap) guy you would give the job would have costed you more in the long run. And it would have just wasted the time of the other guys, meaning they have to raise thier rates to cover the time wasted giving estimates.
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#126409 - 12/26/05 05:40 PM Re: Need Advice
A-Line Offline
Member

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 264
Loc: Utah, USA
The price of $400 isn't just for the work that was performed but also includes overhead expenses that the contractor must cover. It costs alot of money to run a business. These costs have to be paid for by the customer. So you are paying for the work done plus a portion of the items listed below.

Building Rent/Lease
Dispatcher
Property Taxes
Management Training
Office Training
Tangible Taxes
In-House Training
Building Insurance
Tech Training
Mfg. Training
Telephones
Training Equipment
Vehicle Maintenance
Travel
Utilities
Vehicles
Loans
Subscriptions
Inspections
Liability Insurance
Employee Insurance
Truck Racks
Toll Calls
Bonds
Pagers/Cell Phones
Ladders
Trips to Supply House
Safety Equipment
Radios
Licenses
Computer Maint.
Law Suits
Radio Maintenance
Printing
Software
Office Equipment
Vacation Pay
Copy Machine
Forms
Life Insurance
Holiday Pay
Uniforms
Accounting
Business Insurance
Workers Comp.
Trade Association
Wages
Salaries
Advertising
Tax Preparation
Stationary
Theft
Memberships
Fuel
Interest
Marketing
Pay Roll Taxes
Uncollected Money
Unbillable Hours
Commissions
Call Backs
Unemployment
30+ Day Receivables
Safety Training
Bonuses
Shortages
Equipment
Bad Checks
Inventory
Delivery
Christmas Party
Test Equipment
Dues
Replacement Parts
Parts Storage
Damages
Material Purchases
Tool Replacement
Truck Signs
Warehouse Space
Files
Company Tools
Bank Charges
Building Maintenance
Legal
Computers
Trash Removal
Incentives
Postage
Credit Card Sales
Drug Testing
Office Supplies
Uniform Maintenance
Retirement Plan
Retainers
Grounds Maintenance


[This message has been edited by A-Line (edited 12-26-2005).]

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#126410 - 12/26/05 05:46 PM Re: Need Advice
e57 Offline
Member

Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
A-line you're killing me....

It's all true though....

Did you forget intrest on the un-paid invoice that could be in the bank?
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#126411 - 12/26/05 06:03 PM Re: Need Advice
jwhite Offline
Member

Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 67
Loc: Trenton, NC, USA
Tineta, you were charged average, depending on your area.

the rest of you... long posts of too much detail only detract from the purpose of the forum. and IMHO are rude.

the OP did not ask a DIY question, and should be given the same respect that any of you would like to be given.

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