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Questions you get asked #160905
03/27/07 04:39 PM
03/27/07 04:39 PM
Kenbo  Offline OP
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 233
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.

der Großvater
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Kenbo] #160909
03/27/07 05:34 PM
03/27/07 05:34 PM
HotLine1  Offline

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,934
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


Re: Questions you get asked [Re: HotLine1] #160910
03/27/07 05:43 PM
03/27/07 05:43 PM
Luketrician  Offline
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 272
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.

Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Luketrician] #160922
03/27/07 06:59 PM
03/27/07 06:59 PM
Rewired  Offline
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 558
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!


Last edited by Rewired; 03/27/07 07:01 PM. Reason: Can't type!
Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Kenbo] #160923
03/27/07 07:01 PM
03/27/07 07:01 PM
e57  Offline
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,876
"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
Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Kenbo] #160927
03/27/07 07:43 PM
03/27/07 07:43 PM
Lostazhell  Offline
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,431
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

Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Lostazhell] #160934
03/27/07 08:57 PM
03/27/07 08:57 PM
Scott35  Offline

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Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 2,708
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!
Re: Questions you get asked [Re: Scott35] #160935
03/27/07 09:06 PM
03/27/07 09:06 PM
frenchelectrican  Offline
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 939
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 whistle

Merci , Marc

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

Re: Questions you get asked [Re: frenchelectrican] #160936
03/27/07 09:16 PM
03/27/07 09:16 PM
GA76JW  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 193
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. wink

"If common sense was common, everyone would have it"-not sure, someone here

Re: Questions you get asked [Re: GA76JW] #160942
03/27/07 10:36 PM
03/27/07 10:36 PM
scameron81  Offline
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 75
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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