I was asked to bid on a new service panel for an existing mobile home to replace several older fuse boxes (see related post in Code forum). When I went to inspect the job, I found a lot more wrong than just needing to replace the fuses. For example, the meter and service equipment is falling off the nearby utility pole, there are several non-GFCI outlets (without covers) installed on the pole, the feeder to the trailer is an overhead drop triplex to a pole behind the trailer and the wires (although in good shape) touch the top of a roof that was added later... you get the picture. The RIGHT was to proceed would be for me to rip everything out and start over again, but the customer is getting HUD money to pay for the repair and can't afford the rest of the work. My question is, would you just go in and fix what was requested as best as you could, knowing that it would be better than when you first got there, or would you turn down the job? Or possibly there's another opinion I haven't considered? Thanks!
MJR, I would quote, to fix up the whole damned thing, sure I might lose out, but then it becomes some-one elses problem, lose no sleep. Bring it up to Code standard, you are in the same boat, no sleep lost. Do it once, do it properly.
Re: Would you do this job?#19240 12/24/0201:13 AM12/24/0201:13 AM
MJR Write up an estimate to fix the whole mess. Include a letter describing the non code and unsafe items that were not asked for origionally. Have your customer take letter and estimate to HUD to see if they will pay for the work. Also inform them that if all code and safety items are not to be included and fixed as part of this work, the will have to find some one else. Your reason is insurance and legal liability. Yes you could do part of the job and have it clearly stated in a proposal/contract what you will do and be responsible for. But if anything goes wrong, this the type of job that lawyers love.
Re: Would you do this job?#19241 12/24/0211:04 AM12/24/0211:04 AM
HUD is the Department of Housing and Urban Development. They give out money for people on welfare, grants for people redeveloping decrepeted urban landscapes, or purchase housing that has forcloused and sell it cheaper to the city it's in for housing.
Off topic but interesting enough--At one point New York City was funding their Gun Buyback program in the 1997-98 using HUD funding claiming the Urban Development emphasis.
[This message has been edited by BurnOut (edited 12-24-2002).]