ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
ShoutChat
Recent Posts
Canada for the win
by gfretwell - 12/06/22 08:28 PM
Tiny Homes and the NEC
by gfretwell - 12/06/22 01:43 AM
EMC Glands on Motors
by Trumpy - 12/01/22 06:12 AM
Ground Rods: Installation and Hook-Up
by Trumpy - 12/01/22 05:54 AM
Happy Thanksgiving all!
by gfretwell - 11/30/22 05:55 PM
New in the Gallery:
240/208 to a house
240/208 to a house
by wa2ise, October 9
Now you know.
Now you know.
by Tom_Horne, September 7
Who's Online Now
0 members (), 20 guests, and 11 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
#159098 10/29/06 04:58 PM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 706
T
Tiger Offline OP
Member
I'm curious what size territory the contractors in the group have and how long is your maximum trip to a job?

I go about 45 minutes maximum, or around 20-25 miles. The majority of my work is in town...within 5 miles and ten minutes.

Dave

Latest Estimating Cost Guides & Software:
#159099 10/29/06 05:18 PM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 125
S
Member
I'll do about an hour. Or longer if the money is right.

#159100 10/29/06 06:40 PM
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
I
Moderator
The company I work for has accounts with retail chains.

A 60 to 90 mile service call is not at all unusual for me with 150-200 mile one way trips happening occasionally.

The last two projects I worked where about 70 miles from home.

Glad it's their gas. [Linked Image]


Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
Massachusetts
#159101 10/30/06 07:08 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 174
B
Member
Dave,
I live in Vernon Hills and will travel as far as the South Loop or Western Suburbs. Sometimes I can spend an hour and a half and thats with no traffic.


Jesus may have been a capenter,but God was an electrician.Genesis1:3
#159102 10/30/06 09:11 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 507
M
Member
bot,

is that for residential? commercial? both? How do you get paid for that time? What if you were sending an employee, how would you cover that cost?

#159103 10/30/06 09:23 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 174
B
Member
Mahlere,
I am a fairly new contractor so this is what I have to do to stay busy. Driving in Chicago can be a nightmare sometimes. Employees only get paid for travel time inbetween jobs, which isn't very often and they don't complain because I take good care of them. I will travel for any kind of work, as I am a work-aholic.


Jesus may have been a capenter,but God was an electrician.Genesis1:3
#159104 10/30/06 09:28 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 507
M
Member
but how do you get compensated from your customer for this time?

#159105 10/31/06 05:00 AM
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
I
Moderator
Quote
but how do you get compensated from your customer for this time?

Well for us it's easy.

We charge them by the hour as soon as I start heading their direction. [Linked Image]

If it also happens to be a 'off hours' call it is a four hour minimum and I charge the customer for every minute I am out of my house.

From the time the answering service calls me until the time I anticipate I will be back home.

Add to that a truck and mileage charge.

Of course none of our calls are to single family homes.

What do they get for this?...quick response, professional, reliable service. [Linked Image]

Also the abilty to get a lot of man power on the job ASAP if there is a major issue.

Bob


Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
Massachusetts
#159106 10/31/06 11:41 PM
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 23
E
Member
I average about 15min to 45min but will go 60min in slow season if needed but this rarely happens. The company I am with now does it right. Theyt would rather have too many calls than too many techs. This keeps guys busy and happy.


Link Copied to Clipboard
Featured:

Tools for Electricians
Tools for Electricians
 

* * * * * * *
2023 National Electrical Code (NEC)
2023 NEC Now Available!
 
* * * * * * *

2020 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2020 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
Alan Belson
Alan Belson
Mayenne N. France
Posts: 1,803
Joined: March 2005
Top Posters(30 Days)
Trumpy 9
NORCAL 3
Popular Topics(Views)
300,598 Are you busy
230,282 Re: Forum
215,057 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5