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#54158 - 07/21/05 02:52 AM finish job  
electricman786  Offline
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 37
How one would price a job if he has to bid on residensial finish only.
Thanks in advance.

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#54159 - 07/21/05 03:18 AM Re: finish job  
macmikeman  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 717
Honolulu, Hawaii
Are you going to accept responsibility for someone's work that is now conceiled behind the drywall?. Ok I will bite- Do the job for cash. Wear a fake mustache and a fake beard. Make up a phony name for yourself and drive up in a rented car. Wear latex gloves so you don't leave fingerprints. Ask up front for $100,000 dollars.

#54160 - 07/21/05 10:37 AM Re: finish job  
watthead  Offline
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 172
South Carolina
Yeah up front. Will they pay you when they didn't pay the last guy?

#54161 - 07/21/05 10:53 AM Re: finish job  
kinetic  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 156
Phoenix, Arizona
I have only done one job like this. The electrical contractor ran off and quit on the contractor. Make sure you have detailed documentation on anything you see and all work you perform. Make sure your contract states you are only providing a warranty for your work and are not responsible for anything but your work. Daily work equals daily cash. Make sure to add alot of markup for the hassles that may come later.

#54162 - 07/21/05 11:14 AM Re: finish job  
Tiger  Offline
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 706
Crystal Lake, IL USA
If the rough work looks perfect, do it and write on the invoice "XX Electric not reponsible for work done by others". If the rough work looks any less than perfect, walk away from it. Don't be shy about taking pictures, or having the homeowner sign something about the rough being done by an EC.

In this area most journeymen use conduit, most weekend warriors use NM, so it's easy to tell. Otherwise, I'd look for all bracket boxes with rings, and no small boxes.


#54163 - 07/21/05 06:54 PM Re: finish job  
LK  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,429
New Jersey
"Are you going to accept responsibility for someone's work that is now conceiled behind the drywall? "

I would walk away , no not walk, but run.

#54164 - 07/21/05 07:46 PM Re: finish job  
e57  Offline
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,876
Showed up at something like that today.... New client/GC wants us to pick up "punchlist" from an EC he found out was unlicensed, and disappeared. Got there and there is wire hanging out everywhere, no make up on grounds, small boxes, over-packed, un-marked panel, no AFCI's, etc. And, the real kicker, NO GROUND OR BONDING AT ALL ON A NEW 200A SERVICE.

Telling the boss tommorrow we should have no more to do with the joint! Or start over...

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

#54165 - 07/21/05 09:28 PM Re: finish job  
electricman786  Offline
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Posts: 37
I was reffered to job by rocker. Gc is owner contractor. House is big and in expensive area on a hill here in Ca. Gc said he moved from Conecticut and electrician was from there too. Work looks ok as long you see in boxes. Breakers has been installed and wires in panle marked. I asked Gc that if it has been tested. He said no. Also told him that I will not be responsible for rough. He said ok. I never done it before seperate. My own rough and finish. Thats why asked experts advise. After all liabilty is involved in any way after I touch it.

#54166 - 07/22/05 12:02 AM Re: finish job  
Tiger  Offline
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Posts: 706
Crystal Lake, IL USA
I wouldn't take it as a good sign that the breakers were installed, or am I the only one that installs breakers last?


#54167 - 07/22/05 01:24 AM Re: finish job  
sierra electrician  Offline
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 219
North Fork, CA USA
Just bid it and Bid High!
All trouble shooting should be performed on a T&M Basis.


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