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By: Alicia T.
Black Diamond Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Air
Kyle came out to give me an estimate on a lot of work needing to be done on my nearly 100 year old home. He gave us really fair pricing that beat out other bids. When he and Josh showed up to do the work they were easy to deal with, knowledgeable and fast. They were able to educate me on stuff and also to help me figure out which items I could wait a while on (so less hit on the pocket book). These guys are the real deal and I highly recommend them...don't bother going anywhere else! A+++
By: Heidi B.
Black Diamond Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Air
Very easy to work with. Scheduling went smoothly, I had an emergency issue and they were timely and fair in pricing. Troy Painter was great. He was informative, he offered his expertise, he solved the problem and I came away knowing more that I did about HVAC prior to him coming. He helped me out in getting the right filters for my furnace, which, evidently were non-existent since me moving in back in Nov. 2013. I'm grateful that I called them and were serviced by them. Thanks Troy.
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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