I wouldn’t say license or no license is necessarily a criteria for the tasks listed. I think it is more a matter of experience. Obviously a licensed electrician implies experience, but I know unlicensed electricians that have been doing those types of tasks for 10 plus years.
I would like to see most, if not all of those tasks under supervision of a licensed electrician. How close the supervision would depend on how competent the installer is.
#35124 - 03/05/0405:21 PMRe: Work Performed by Unlicensed Electricians
In my opinion, electrical work should be done by qualified electricians. I realize that some jurisdictions do not require a license, but the electricians doing the work should be qualified, or under the direct supervision of a qualified electrician.
#35126 - 03/05/0408:52 PMRe: Work Performed by Unlicensed Electricians
In many if not most jurisdictions this work is commonly done by unlicensed helpers or mechanics under the supervision of a licensed journeyman who might not even be on the job all the time. Why do people assume that every electrical "worker" is licensed or needs to be?
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I'd have to go along with jps1006 and Doug. As long as you know how to do these tasks properly there shouldn't be a problem. And it is also true, there are Tradespeople out there that regularly muck up the simplest of tasks, just depends on how well you were trained in the first place. Joe,
Nailing recessed lights to joists.
Is this true?. Over here we have to keep them as far as possible, away from combustable materials.
#35128 - 03/05/0409:42 PMRe: Work Performed by Unlicensed Electricians
As most of the replies said, most electricians that take pride in their work(License or not) will try to do the best job that they can when doing electrical work. There are people out there that don't care about the quality of the work, they just want to get in and out of the job as soon as they can. They will grap their money and run. One of the big differences between license and unlicensed people is the fact that the guys with the license have insurance and bonds. (Here in NJ at least) That would at least give the homeowner some protection from sloopy installers
#35129 - 03/05/0409:52 PMRe: Work Performed by Unlicensed Electricians
Installing any electrical to ,other than your own house,must be performed by a licenced journeyman,suprevising or an apprentice working under a licenced electrician.That is what qualified means in Oregon.
#35130 - 03/05/0409:56 PMRe: Work Performed by Unlicensed Electricians
Nailing nonmetallic (plastic) boxes and screwing metal boxes to metal studs.
Drilling wooden studs or punching metal studs for raceways or Nonmetallic Sheathed Cables (Romex.) Moving electrical equipment, materials and tools Unboxing lighting fixtures
Done by anyone but mostly those starting out in the trade. Shown how to and supervised by the journeyman on the job
The rest belong to the electrician and thier directly supervised apprentices.
I also have seen and have employed those are ere good working electricians who have never held a license. Just supervise them as you would any one else who has shown they can be trusted to do the work correctly.
#35131 - 03/05/0411:24 PMRe: Work Performed by Unlicensed Electricians