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By: dwwwmjw
Hanshaw Electric
We HAD some electrical issues like the main breaker blowing for no reason and random outlets and lights in the house not working, I called Hanshaw Electric and left a message thinking they would be like every other place and not call me back, but not only did he call me back just a few minutes later he had a game plan and came out that same day to inspect, turns out our breaker box and everything in it was in bad shape, he very clearly explained all the problems and showed exactly what needed to be done, i know nothing of electric so i was afraid i would get ripped off but with Handhaw i didnt feel like that at all, he was very honest and even used some of his own personal parts to get us through the night then showed up the next day RIGHT ON TIME!! And replaced our box for us and turned a rat nest of dangerous wires into an organized normal looking and functioning breaker box, we looked up the prices of everything he installed and we couldnt believe what he charged us, ill just say it was more than fair and we couldnt be happier!, i would recomend Hanshaw to anyone with any electrical problem that they want done correctly and for a good price. I will be contacting him again for future projects!
Tips & Advices
Keep the following tips in mind:
  • Do not operate any electrical equipment while sitting or standing in water.
  • Don't overload extension cords or surge protectors.
  • Put caps on your electrical outlets if you have small children.
  • Call an electrician if you notice your sockets or switches are warm to the touch, discolored or if they make noise.
  • Keep electrical cords away from stoves, ovens and other sources of heat.
  • Do not use an appliance that has a frayed cord.
  • Do not staple extension cords into place or cover them with carpets or furniture.
  • When using extension cords, make sure to unwrap them before plugging them in.
  • Don't overuse extension cords. Have an electrician install extra outlets if you need a power source closer to you.
  • Only use light bulbs with the correct wattage for your lamps and light fixtures.
  • Contact a licensed electrician if you frequently blow fuses, since this can be a sign of an electrical wiring problem.
  • Have an electrician look at your fuse box to ensure you have the right size fuses and circuit breakers. The wrong size fuse or breaker can be a fire hazard.
  • If you have fault circuit interrupters installed in your electrical panel, make sure you test them at least once a month by turning them on and off.
It can cost from $40-$100 an hour depending on the job. This does not include additional costs for parts or trip fees. Make sure to ask in advance what they charge for or if they will provide a free quote.
In order to become a full-fledged professional, a person must undergo an apprenticeship with master and journeyman electricians. An apprentice needs 8,000 hours of practical work before graduating to the journeyman level. If an apprentice reaches journeyman status, he or she can complete most electrical work, but cannot design it until completing more testing along with 2,000 more on-the-job hours.
Yes. While all electricians need a license, not all of them do the same types of jobs.
  • Outside: These types of electricians work outdoors on electrical lines that connect to power plants.
  • Inside: Inside experts typically focus on commercial and industrial buildings that require a lot of power.
  • Residential: Residential electricians work with low-voltage systems and wiring to install fuse boxes and light fixtures.
Watch out for contractors that greatly underbid other electricians. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, always remember to get the estimate in writing before settling on a company.

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