ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
Shout Box
Recent Posts
turning down possible problem customer
by gfretwell. 05/19/18 07:31 PM
Furnace igniter leaking noise to stereo
by gfretwell. 05/19/18 07:28 PM
electircal ageing test on IPC
by HotLine1. 05/14/18 09:42 AM
What estimating software do you recommend?
by wattsittoyou. 05/14/18 06:28 AM
Rolling Scaffold - what do you do?
by HotLine1. 05/11/18 09:05 AM
New in the Gallery:
Plug terminals
Housebilding DIY wiring
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 5 guests, and 6 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Integrity Issue #2 #156914
07/28/05 09:59 PM
07/28/05 09:59 PM
renosteinke  Offline OP
Cat Servant
Member
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
Blue Collar Country
Before you agree to do a job, do you first make sure the GC, or the guy in charge, knows what he's doing? Can he run a job?

Business, Office, Estimating, Legal:
Re: Integrity Issue #2 #156915
07/28/05 11:55 PM
07/28/05 11:55 PM
J
Joey D  Offline
Member
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 259
Arlington MA U.S.
I try to get as much info from them as I can. If they are a complete idiot I add to my number, if they are a homeowner doing the work and they don't sound like they know what they are doing I add to my number. Most of the time you will end up answering tons of questions from them because they are in over their head and time is money.

Re: Integrity Issue #2 #156916
07/29/05 01:47 PM
07/29/05 01:47 PM
renosteinke  Offline OP
Cat Servant
Member
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
Blue Collar Country
When I asked "can you do the job?", some referred to the problems caused by the GC's inability to schedule, or otherwise do 'his' part of the job.

Do we consider who the GC is, and his past performance/ reputation before committing to a job? Has anyone refused a job because of their lack of confidence in the builder?

In short, do we 'pre-qualify' the GC as well as the customer?

Re: Integrity Issue #2 #156917
07/30/05 12:31 AM
07/30/05 12:31 AM
L
LK  Offline
Member
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,429
New Jersey
"In short, do we 'pre-qualify' the GC as well as the customer?"
____________________________________________

Yes

GC's will tend to take on jobs with conditions, that require additional work, and estimate it as standard construction, in these cases working with this GC will take you down with him, so we try to first make sure he knows what he's doing.

Re: Integrity Issue #2 #156918
07/30/05 11:27 AM
07/30/05 11:27 AM
E
Electric Eagle  Offline
Member
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 914
Alpharetta, GA
When I was getting started, I would work for just about anybody. Now, I'm a little more selective. A bad GC or a homeowner/self-contractor that doesn't know what they are doing can be a nightmare. These types can make a simple project take you 2 or 3 times as much labor as it should. The funny thing is they cause you to do extra work but act like you're the idiot for not automatically knowing that they wanted a 3 circuit whirlpool tub and a steam generator that draws 126 amps.


Featured:

2017 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2017 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
Attic Rat
Attic Rat
Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
Posts: 524
Joined: December 2003
Show All Member Profiles 
Top Posters(30 Days)
twh 12
Popular Topics(Views)
246,837 Are you busy
184,197 Re: Forum
173,440 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1
(Release build 20180101)
Page Time: 0.023s Queries: 14 (0.004s) Memory: 0.9682 MB (Peak: 1.1090 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2018-05-20 12:05:29 UTC