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Old 03-20-2019, 10:48 PM   #61
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Lighting upgrades in commercial settings. I ****ing love them. The customer is always happy and you get instant gratification on your results.

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I'd like to get into commercial lighting upgrades, but dont really know how to go about doing it.
Thought about cold-calling, but thats likely to end with several doors slammed in my face!
We've got some OK incentives/rebates where I live, but not enough to cover more than 10% of the job price.
How have you gone about getting these types of jobs?
They look like money makers to me!~
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:11 PM   #62
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Me too.

There's a knack to it, some guys are good, most are pretty much lost with controls.

I've always believed that control electricians are born, not made. Either you have it or you don't. Unfortunately, if you're not a natural at it, you'll very likely never be good at it.
I did a lot of control, repairs in the Military years ago. I am no retired and do repair work for a mine company that builds diesel equipment that can go underground. They have a 50 HP boring mill with a table that can move in four directions. It has a tag, that states it was made in 1966. The control panel is about 5 ft high and 3 ft wide, full of starter and contractors and relays, I enjoy working on the old equipment, not the newer ones
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I did a lot of control, repairs in the Military years ago. I am no retired and do repair work for a mine company that builds diesel equipment that can go underground. They have a 50 HP boring mill with a table that can move in four directions. It has a tag, that states it was made in 1966. The control panel is about 5 ft high and 3 ft wide, full of starter and contractors and relays, I enjoy working on the old equipment, not the newer ones
Most likely they're NEMA starters.......these don't burn up nearly as often as IEC.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:07 PM   #64
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I love residential service work, especially when it's an easy fix.

Seeing a homeowner grin when the light switch now works...nothing better!
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Didn't re-read through this, so not sure if I posted on it 2 years ago....

I like Dan... Like residential and commercial service. I enjoy going from job to job, meeting people, solving issues, and.... making money!
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Most likely they're NEMA starters.......these don't burn up nearly as often as IEC.
Had to replace the two starters that control the 50 HP. They had two starters for reversing.Used SD because you can get parts and rebuild them.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:07 PM   #67
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Any job where the customer does not ask for a price. They know I won't rip them off, it's based on trust.
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My favorite is resetting breakers. Or gfi breakers or line gfci that the homeowner didn't know even existed. I hate well pumps. Leave that to a specialist. Especially when there is no way to tell if there is a bad pressure tank. I.e. Saturated. If it has a pressure valve nozzle fine.
I guess you are talking about a tank that has a bladder. Never did like them, worked on a few old style, 30 gal, with sub pumps.
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Old 10-09-2019, 12:24 AM   #69
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The side work I used to do on weekends for friends of friends. It was usually something super easy like swapping a breaker or gfi that went bad in kitchen or masterbath. Quick money, but you won't have life if you always do side stuff on the weekends
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:21 AM   #70
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My favorite job?

The kind where the customer tells you in advance what's coming down the pipe and is looking for input beforehand. (rare)

Least favorite:

The kind where the customer tells you 5 minutes before they need it done that they need some electrical installed. We point out we could of saved a ton of time and money if we could of done XYZ before ABC was installed. (all the time)
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I just did a resi panel change, hadn't done one in years, I really enjoyed it.


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I just did a resi panel change, hadn't done one in years, I really enjoyed it.


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Was it inspected? Out here in California they give you about 5 hour's to rip existing service out of stucco and set new service in. It's a little stressful when there's only one of you.

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Yes sir, permit and inspected. Might sound funny but it was relaxing. Nice non stressful day.


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Yes sir, permit and inspected. Might sound funny but it was relaxing. Nice non stressful day.


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Where's your typical service located? Ours here is embedded in stucco on exterior side of house. I don't mind doing them because they're good money. But if I don't prep the day is usually a long one.

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We have a mix of old stucco houses like your talking about, some overhead and then some underground, but the job I did was just a panel upgrade. Nice and easy, nobody home, some good temp lighting and music to work to.


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Was it inspected? Out here in California they give you about 5 hour's to rip existing service out of stucco and set new service in. It's a little stressful when there's only one of you.

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I have done hundreds and the stress was the worst part. I used to love it when they showed up at noon.....or not at all I hated to have to stop working long enough to kiss their ass in order to get a green tag.
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I have done hundreds and the stress was the worst part. I used to love it when they showed up at noon.....or not at all I hated to have to stop working long enough to kiss their ass in order to get a green tag.
I remember when it was like that. Now I have inspectors and inspection agencies kissing my ass, for my business.
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I have done hundreds and the stress was the worst part. I used to love it when they showed up at noon.....or not at all I hated to have to stop working long enough to kiss their ass in order to get a green tag.
When I was younger I would do everything in one day. Ground rods, cold water, tear out panel etc. It took a lot outa of me because I did them alone. I still can't believe I got the meter released on a few of them.

Then I got smart and did the ground's earlier and cut the stucco all out before the big day.


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