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How To Avoid a Bad Electrical Contractor

Guidelines for Hiring the Right Electrical Contractor – When hiring an electrician to install electrical wiring the contractor should be licensed and the work should be done with a permit and inspected. When this process is followed you will eliminate 99% of any possible problem.

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Electrical Wiring: I have a question about electrical wiring for a commercial building.

This electrical question came from: Christopher, a Handyman from Frostburg, Maryland.
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Thanks for your Electrical Wiring question Christopher.

Guidelines for Hiring the Right Electrical Contractor

Here are the Main Problems with Electrical Projects such as this:

  1. Unqualified individuals are hired.
  2. A permit is not obtained.
  3. The work is not inspected.
  4. The worker is paid without knowing if the work has been done correctly and according to code.

Here is a link to a great guide to consider when your looking for an electrician to do work for you:
10 Tips to Make Sure Your Electrical Contractor Measures Up

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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.

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2 Responses to “How To Avoid a Bad Electrical Contractor”
  1. Jerry L. Whitenight says:

    I love the web site and my comment would be that I would love to have the question and
    answers in hard copy book format so I could be studying them and learning from them when away from the computer. Have you ever considered publishing a book of Q/A’s ?
    I would buy one and I’m sure many others would also. As an electrician I try to answer the questions before going to the answer section. I test myself using your website even if I’m not looking for a specific answer to a question.
    Thanks for such a great website,

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Jerry and Thanks for your kind remarks.
    Yes, I have considered making several publications and I will definitely take your request into consideration. If you have any special topic requests then please let me know.
    I’m glad the website is helpful for you, I still have much more content and several photos to add as time allows.
    Visit often and please tell others about the website as well.