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04/07/2014
By: Johnna W.
Barnes Electric
I received three bids to rewire my house, Barnes Electric wasn't the least expensive, but I felt the most comfortable with how he described the process and their willingness to accommodate my schedule. Mr. Barnes and his crew came over on Saturday to rewire 1/2 of my house that was built in 1955. Which included 2 bedrooms, a dining room, a bathroom, and the kitchen. He installed several dedicated circuits and two gfci's. They ran new romax through out! They were in the attic, in the crawl space and they worked tirelessly. The wore booties in my house, they put blankets down where they were sitting my floors and they vacuumed each area when they created dust!I was seriously impressed with the service and professionalism! No only would I recommend them, I will use them again.
04/11/2014
By: Tom R.
Schaffhouser Electric Company, LLC
Schaffhouser Electric team is very professional and they took time to discuss the project completely prior to submitting a quote. They are very friendly, on time and have done an outstanding job.
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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