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By: biggestlou
Oneida Electrical Contractors
Stay away unless you want to get into an argument. The experience I had was unpleasant from the moment an unidentified, young-sounding woman answered the telephone. I briefly explained that I wanted to get a small, residential job done (and believe me, I have lots of electrical work done and being received favorably here could have led to a measurable amount of business for this company) and what that job was. The next thing I know, without being told why, I was told to hold on a minute. Then, just as abruptly, a really hostile sounding guy - who did not identify himself until pointedly, but politely and respectfully being asked at the conversation's end. He would not confirm his rates (I am insisting on this information before I hire anyone anymore as I was just BURNED by a self-regarding electrician based out of Chittenango, NY, to the tune of $125 for his service call alone). This man, named John I eventually came to learn, apparently became impatient and agitated when asked to confirm his rates and curtly said he was 2 - 3 wks out on residential (although his yp ad stated he did do residential work). He continued to say that if I still needed someone to do the work after that time to cl bk, and he would confirm his rate. Really? What did he take me for? This guy must be pretty comfortable because he did not take down my contact information and did not schedule me for a follow up call when he was available. I am betting he just threw out the 2 - 3 wk timeframe as he was waiting for a lucrative industrial or commercial job to come his way. Rotsa Ruck. What a pompous person I thought this was! What made him think I was going to wait around for him for 3 weeks in the event he felt like doing my job? Hey, John. Only nobodies have no names. Do everyone a favor, will you? And close your doors. Don't bother completing construction on until you refine your customer service skills. This is just what is wrong with small business in America. This John is not a Papa John who embodies what is right w/small business in this fine country.
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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