I have several technicians in my employ. These fellows range in experience levels. One man has been in the trade for 10 years. Another guy has attended vocational school. He has been performing installations for 2 years now. I hired one guy 6 months ago that has no electrical experience. The lead electrician is sometimes unclear about electrical theory. The guy that attended formal schooling understands why it works. He just doesn’t see how to install the product. Of course the new man struggles to keep up. Almost 70% of our work is performed in residential settings. I must compete with many general contractors. The contractors assure the potential customers they will save money by letting them perform all the work. Residential construction is not policed in the fashions used in commercial settings. I must say that it would be virtually impossible for me to know everything about residential construction. It would be virtually impossible for a general contractor to know all the intricacies of electrical construction. I worked with a gentleman once that was a general contractor. He made promises to the home owner. His claims were unsound promises. He was unaware of improvements and limitations in the devices to be installed. Eventually, this ignorance caused tension between the homeowner, him, and myself.
3 Reasons why installation isn’t engineering:
Ask your installer to explain how the product works.
Ask for an explanation of the applicable building codes.
Never trust your remodel to someone who does everything.
I always provide choices to potential customers. We explain the advantages and disadvantages of their choices. I also let them know why I made the suggestion. I make an attempt to not provide too much information. It causes confusion. We tell them of local building codes. The National Electrical Code is always a consideration during the process. Inspection and permitting is a way to protect the customer and the contractor. The homeowner can get a building permit. This process can be tedious. It does protect you from any problems in the future. Your homeowner’s insurance will not cover a jack of all trades. Permit your job to insure all your contractors meed the standards of the codes. Your home is probably your greatest financial investment. Protect it with comprehensive maintenance. The maintenance process should include knowledgeable contractors. The building codes and the inspection processes are in place for a reason. They protect the homeowner and the community. The aggravation of the process is well worth the final product.
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