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#160905 - 03/27/07 01:39 PM Questions you get asked
Kenbo Offline

Registered: 04/07/06
Posts: 234
Loc: Scotland
What is the most common question you are asked in your daily work?

I am thinking of what I get asked. I am most often asked when explaining about the incoming service to a domestic house “Boss do you know how to stop the meter spinning” (Nice client group I have) to which I answer “Yes and no I am not telling you.” I then take this opportunity to explain how it is not nice to be stuck on a circuit, where the next fuse down the line is 600Amps and show them some graphic photos to emphasise the point.
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#160909 - 03/27/07 02:34 PM Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Kenbo]
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
"What do YOU want"....from EC's, GC's, Homeowner DIY's.

2 weeks somewhere warm; stock winter answer.
The time to be 3:00 Friday. second answer


#160910 - 03/27/07 02:43 PM Re: Questions you get asked [Re: HotLine1]
Luketrician Offline

Registered: 07/08/06
Posts: 273
Loc: Sale Creek, TN USA
Or like when I am looking at a potential job, lets say for instance, 'Joe' home owner is renovating his old house. I get told, " please give me a good deal, I don't have that much money.."

Yeah right, I don't cut them any slack when they give me that line of b/s..sheesh!
Luke Clarke
Electrical Planner for TVA.

#160922 - 03/27/07 03:59 PM Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Luketrician]
Rewired Offline

Registered: 01/01/06
Posts: 567
Loc: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
One of the top 10 I think we all get asked is..
" When do you think you will be done?", or something along those lines
I think I got asked that 4..5...8.... at least a dozen times today! The answer to that question for this particular job, they didn't like I might add!


Edited by Rewired (03/27/07 04:01 PM)
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#160923 - 03/27/07 04:01 PM Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Kenbo]
e57 Offline

Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
"Can you do that?" - A: "Yes, I can do that. But I should warn you that you might be suprised when I tell you how much it would cost... But, if you're not worried - I'll start right now..."

I'm not going to get into title-24, (Energy code) or required outlet/circuit questions... They're just not funny anymore....
Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

#160927 - 03/27/07 04:43 PM Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Kenbo]
Lostazhell Offline

Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Certainly "How much longer is this going to take?" tops the list... Close 2nd is "Hey do you have a (insert fitting type here)on your truck?" from other journeymen on the lease :rolleyes: hehehe

#160934 - 03/27/07 05:57 PM Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Lostazhell]
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Registered: 10/19/00
Posts: 2724
Loc: Anaheim, CA. USA
# 1: "Can You have those Plans ready for Plancheck by Friday"
(of course, this is asked on Wednesday afternoon!),

# 2: "What do You mean by 'Engineering Is Not the Same As Drafting' - aren't they both the same?"

and for the "In-Field Questions":

# 1: "What's the difference between the White Wire and 'Ground' - aren't they all the same?",

# 2: "What 'Voltage' can I touch without getting hurt?"

The lists go on and on!
Scott " 35 " Thompson
Just Say NO To Green Eggs And Ham!

#160935 - 03/27/07 06:06 PM Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Scott35]
frenchelectrican Offline


Registered: 02/06/03
Posts: 938
Loc: Wi/ Paris France { France for ...
The most common question i get when i do work around the resdentail area

1] can be done with this ??

2] How much it going to be ??

3] [ this is the famous one of all ] WHEN i have the power back on ??

Commercal/Industrail side

1] can you repair this mess ??

2] can you shedule off hours to do the repairs ??

3] " my mantaince man " say it work this way for long time [ oh really ?? and my reply is

Merci , Marc
Pas de problme,il marche n'est-ce pas?"(No problem, it works doesn't it?)

#160936 - 03/27/07 06:16 PM Re: Questions you get asked [Re: frenchelectrican]
GA76JW Offline

Registered: 03/20/04
Posts: 195
Loc: Suwanee, GA USA
The most common question I get is:

"What did the supplier bring today"

Did he bring this or that? I coulda swore I ordered this.

I really have no idea what gets ordered I just unload the truck and get out what's there. I am the un-official material man of our job.

I always get the "Have you seen any 3/4 to 1/2 RE's"

Hmmm...... I remember seeing some in one of the Dozen gangboxes on the job. Not the answer they want to hear. ;\)
"If common sense was common, everyone would have it"-not sure, someone here

#160942 - 03/27/07 07:36 PM Re: Questions you get asked [Re: GA76JW]
scameron81 Offline

Registered: 02/24/04
Posts: 80
Loc: Healdsburg, ca, USA
1. When looking at the job " Can you give me a ballpark I am not going to hold you to it." Unless the bill comes out to more and suddenly the ballpark is the estimate.

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