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Old 06-16-2012, 09:52 AM   #1
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What are your feelings on consulting on electrical work. I have a homeowner who wants to wire his own detached garage. Around here that is perfectly legal. He can pull his own permit.

I did put in a bid on it and he of course said that is twice as much as he thought it would be. Which is what lead to him wanting to do it himself and I just consult him. I will not lift a tool or pull any permits.

The way I look at it is I am not going to get the job. So why not consult him and make some easy money by him using my knowledge of the code. He is not far from my house and I will inspect all work before the inspector does so I know it will be safe.

Would you guys do it?
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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I wouldn't sounds like a headache they don't make an aspirin for. Whatever you charge him will be too muchin his mind.
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What are your feelings on consulting on electrical work. I have a homeowner who wants to wire his own detached garage. Around here that is perfectly legal. He can pull his own permit.

I did put in a bid on it and he of course said that is twice as much as he thought it would be. Which is what lead to him wanting to do it himself and I just consult him. I will not lift a tool or pull any permits.

The way I look at it is I am not going to get the job. So why not consult him and make some easy money by him using my knowledge of the code. He is not far from my house and I will inspect all work before the inspector does so I know it will be safe.

Would you guys do it?
For the right price why not.
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:22 AM   #4
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What are your feelings on consulting on electrical work. I have a homeowner who wants to wire his own detached garage. Around here that is perfectly legal. He can pull his own permit.

I did put in a bid on it and he of course said that is twice as much as he thought it would be. Which is what lead to him wanting to do it himself and I just consult him. I will not lift a tool or pull any permits.

The way I look at it is I am not going to get the job. So why not consult him and make some easy money by him using my knowledge of the code. He is not far from my house and I will inspect all work before the inspector does so I know it will be safe.

Would you guys do it?



I would not.

If anything goes wrong, he will tell everyone that you told him how to do the job.

I M O, it is not worth it.
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I would not.

If anything goes wrong, he will tell everyone that you told him how to do the job.

I M O, it is not worth it.
If I did the job and anything goes wrong id get blamed as well.
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likek the others said. if something goes wrong, it will be your fault. if everything goes good, he will tell himeself that he did a good job.
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likek the others said. if something goes wrong, it will be your fault. if everything goes good, he will tell himeself that he did a good job.
If he says he did a good job that's fine. If something does go wrong it will be ny fault. I am the one consulting and inspecting his work.
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Figure out how many trips your going to make and how many phone calls your going to take.

Then decide on a fixed amount to charge him.

Then figure out how much a visit and how much a phone call your going to charge him after that.

Here's how that would like if I were pricing it.

Four 60 minute on site visits - $1,200 ($50.00 per 15 minutes after first 60 min)
Three 15 minute telephone consultations - $150.00 (additional time $50 per 15 minutes.

Total amount $1,350

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I do consulting, but I stick, to working for engineers, data centers, communications firms, management companies, electrical contractors and ......., NEVER a homeowner.
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Flying... Chances are, you're not properly insured for consulting work. A normal GL policy won't cover you. You need E&O insurance to do consulting work.
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Flying... Chances are, you're not properly insured for consulting work. A normal GL policy won't cover you. You need E&O insurance to do consulting work.
Thank you. I will check into that myself Monday. I definitely don't want to be uninsured.
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I would only do it for a home owner if you knew him and trusted that he would follow your instructions. If it is a total stranger I wouldn't touch it. You might make a couple dollars but the downside could be huge.
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I would only do it for a home owner if you knew him and trusted that he would follow your instructions. If it is a total stranger I wouldn't touch it. You might make a couple dollars but the downside could be huge.
To heck with the dollars, think of the headaches, not enough aspirins in the world for a job like that.
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Give him the same price as you did before
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Give him the same price as you did before

HAHA that's funny.
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