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By: Winde C.
Absolute Electric
I first met Larry when we were preparing our home for sale, the summer of 2014. My real estate agent highly recommended him. We had multiple electrical issues in our mid-century home, which required professional assistance (ie., old - improperly installed electrical panel, preexisting wiring problems, and upgrading lighting and venting in the daylight basement). Larry is fantastic! He is punctual, honest and fare, reliable, and ELECTRICally knowledgeable!In Fall of 2014, we purchased our new home... and once again, I called on Larry! Our foyer opens up to the second floor and there was no way I could change out the 1990's tacky gold chandelier! We also needed a RV plug installed, a whole house surge protector installed, and a few other minor upgrades with our existing electrical panel. Larry estimated our cost, worked us into his schedule, and even worked on a Saturday to get my new LED chandelier installed!We recently (December 2016) called on Larry again, as our electrical needs have outgrown our existing 25 space electrical panel! So he upgraded us to a 42 space panel, ran power from the new panel to our future shop, and to our future hot tub...he basically "future-proofed" our home!Well done Larry! You are the AbSoLuTe BEST!
By: bikesister
Prairie Electric
Super guy!Jim saved me a weekend emergency visit of $185 from another electrician just by helping me over the phone. He didn't have to do it either. He guided me through the problem with patience and the lights came back on! Great guy, very helpful. I'll be using him in the future. I Highly recommend Jim.
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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