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Summary: No one is born an electrician, like any other trades person you train to rise to various levels of proficiency. Through studying and practice you may gain enough experience and confidence to earn a great income as a handyman who can perform electrical work. Lets look at how one can be legal and successful.
What to Consider when Thinking about a Handyman Business
State Contractors License Board has guidelines concerning the boundaries an unlicensed Handy person can legally provide service within.
You may not receive more that the Dollar Amount limitation for each job.
You may not enter into a binding contract with your client over an amount specified by your local jurisdiction..
You will not be able to obtain Contractors Liability Insurance.
|What a Handy Person Can Do:
Stay under the Dollar Amount Limit per job.
Have the homeowner pull the necessary permit.
The homeowner hires you to perform their work.
The homeowner must understand and assume all Liability. You will not be protected my laws concerning collecting payment under the mechanic lien law.
* These stipulations will vary depending upon your location. Please contact your State Contractors License Board and Local Agencies for complete information.
As a Handy person you should:
Document your jobs to record a history of experience.
You should be able to open an account with most wholesale electrical parts suppliers and receive a discount depending upon their policy.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.