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#67555 - 07/09/06 12:55 PM Levels of finish and placement
e57 Offline

Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
Anyone know if the electrical industry has any standards of finish and placement?

Like those for sheet-rock

Some of the higher end work around here you need to specifiy level 5 finish at opening for certain trim-less lighting and screw-less wall plates. Otherwise you get screwed on the end, by having lumps or gaps at the openings.

What I was wondering, is there any simular "level" standard for placement tolorances to be recognized when bidding?

Say: Level 'X' = Zero tolorance of placement level and square....

or Level 'I' = Just sling it in anywhere, in general location.

The reason I ask, is that often you can get plans with general notes that say little if anything about for instance outlet hieghts. While your boxing for outlets you could go about it a few different ways. Same height AFF at the point of the outlet, or level from highest point in the room. (As I often have to do with some of the "in-base board, or really close to base board type designs) Anyway, you need to bid for that type of accuacy in lay-out, and precise placement. Say your bidding against someone whos just gonna sling it in. Hows that qualified in the bid?

Some of the trimless lighting coming out recently requires 5 trade/step coordination for any decent finish at them.

Like these:

The trim is mudded in. And if it doesn't sit absolutely flush at the face, it looks like garbage. The square trims - if they are not perfectly straight, and 'squared' up to each other, they look crooked, and it looks like garbage! (FYI if you see these on a spec - bid high - real high!) The can will run ~$200 ea. (less trim) and about an =/> amount (EACH) to get it in correctly! They have the cheapest thinest brackets around, and without additional support thay are all over the place. You need to lock them in place with addition hanger-bars. Once the rock is on you need to get there before mud, and tweek the trim to the face of rock. Then they mud it, and the trim has a cheap cardboard protector that allows mud in the trim that needs to be cleaned out. And then when they paint the edge and the trim, the thickness of even a light coat of paint is enough to not let the trim go in right. PITA!

So how do you quanify yourself as privy to the hassle of this, against someone who bid at cost of can, and blue-book labor for your average run of the mill H1499?~
Mark Heller
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#67556 - 07/09/06 01:49 PM Re: Levels of finish and placement
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There is a trade group, the National Electrical Contractors' Assoociation (NECA) which has published a number of "National Electrical Installation Standards" (NEIS) that address this issue.

#67557 - 07/09/06 09:00 PM Re: Levels of finish and placement
e57 Offline

Registered: 05/27/03
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Loc: S.F.,CA USA
Hmmmm, just took a look at thier NECA-1-2000, Standard Practice for Good Workmanship in Electrical Contracting....

Not very impressive, not much in that document is going to do what this article about it describes,

It's a basic standard, what I'm talking about is the Apples and Oranges of finish. (Both are friut but different) And how to define that....

I often have to tell people under me on some jobs that "It more about placement and finish, than "Electrical" work." Especially when measuring and leveling something for the third time.... When I say it needs to be 8-3/16" off the floor - I mean 8-3/16" not 8-1/2" Level means "level", with a LEVEL not eye-balled.
Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

#67558 - 07/10/06 02:57 PM Re: Levels of finish and placement
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Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6804
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
"Standards"??? Sounds like a lack of good old 'pride-in-workmanship'!

I see quality of work that ranges from fanatical, to.......oh well, it works; to...'oh, the AHJ has to give me a punch list, I don't have time to check the whole job'

Some of the best are the raised panel moldings that have the duplex in the molding, along with the HVAC diffuser.

I'll come back to this thread to see IF any standards exist.



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