How To Keep Your Sparky Happy: Some Tips for Customers.
1. When asking for a quote, never be too specific about what you want done. Electricians like guessing games.
2. If you're having trouble with existing wiring, never volunteer information. Any halfway decent electrician should just know that the light in the hallway has been flickering for ages and that the trip thingy turns off when you switch on the washer.
3. No matter how low the quote for a job, always query the price. Your electrician will appreciate your concern at asking why he won't work for next to nothing -- Like you do!
4. Always paint and decorate a room before calling in an electrician to carry out work. He will appreciate working in a nice shiny new environment. Careful placement of lots of fragile expensive items in the work zone will be appeciated even more.
5. Remember that electricians are mountain-climbers and pot-holers at heart. If your main panel is mounted high up, pile as much junk up across the wall in front of it as possible. If it's located low-down in a dark cupboard, fill the cupboard to capacity with assorted debris. Old sneakers and tatty overalls and rags soaked in every chemical known to mankind are a good choice.
6. If you decide to change your plans part way through the job, never tell your electrician until he's finished the original work. He will appreciate your thoughtfulness in not interrupting him.
7. Always remind your electrician that your brother's wife's second cousin once removed worked as a janitor for an electrical company, so you know a fair bit about electricity. Demonstrate your knowledge by asking highly technical questions, such as "How many volts make an amp?"
8. Point out, frequently, that you would have done the work yourself if you had the time. Then follow your electrician around every second of the day, looking concerned and occasionally making "tut-tut" noises.
9. Electricians are like camels and don't drink while on the job. Never insult him by offering him a cup of coffee.
10. When the bill arrives, hold on to it for at least 3 months before paying. As your electrician doesn't really like to concern himself with money, he will appreciate your postponing the fateful day when he has to sully himself with such mundane matters and deposit your check.
Good question.....how many volts DO make an amp? When your electrician asks "Have you been having trouble with the little 'trip thingy' on your washer" always reply with "Well, it worked before YOU got here" It will give him a sense of accomplishment.
Re: How To Keep Your Sparky Happy#10154 06/01/0208:45 AM06/01/0208:45 AM
Hey, I like the additions! I should've included this one:
For at least 5 years before calling in your electrician, stash every piece of useless junk you can lay your hands on in the attic.
Old Appy, I didn't realize we had a Kiwi in here. If you have the time, how about posting some notes on NZ systems in the non-U.S. area? I know you use the 10A Australian recepts. etc, but an outline of typical circuit arrangements, earthing methods, etc. would be appreciated I'm sure.
Re: How To Keep Your Sparky Happy#10156 06/01/0202:10 PM06/01/0202:10 PM
Paul: While we're on the subject of attics, how about... Since Sparkys alway like to work in the heat, wait until the hottest part of the summer before calling him (or her) to add a new circuit. Of course, if you have vents in the attic, be certain they are still closed from the previous winter.
I like those technical terms, like "Trip Thingy"...
[This message has been edited by mamills (edited 06-01-2002).]