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It depends on your area. In Florida, you can get arrested for contracting without a license. Small repairs, such as replacing receptacles and switches, don't require a permit and don't usually throw you into competition with your employer, so you're pretty safe in doing those
 

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Probably not legally but I did a bunch of side jobs as an apprentice... most guys do side work, but just be careful with who you're doing side jobs and how you're coming across them. Could bite you one day.

Of course on this website, you're going to get eaten alive for even suggesting doing side work as an apprentice! :laughing:
 

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I'm not saying it will be my main source of work. I'm California (la), is it common here?
No. If the job is over $600.00 you need to be licensed. Also you are not insured and no one will insure you unless you are a licensed contractor.
 

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what kind of electrical work do you know how to do?
 

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I wanted to know if you're able to do side jobs (residential) during your apprenticeship? Thanks.
Yea what's the harm? When I was just starting out, customers would ask for an extra outlet here, a light there, change a single pole to a 3-way, but when the shop gave the price they balked so I did it right then and there for 1/2 the price! Doubled my income, tax-free cash, and I don't regret it a bit - an apprentice is supposed to be under DIRECT SUPERVISION and since I never was, I got away with it. It's not really stealing because the shop at their prices was never gonna get the work anyway. Although I did use company materials, I would replace what I used from time to time if I could.
 

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Yea what's the harm? When I was just starting out, customers would ask for an extra outlet here, a light there, change a single pole to a 3-way, but when the shop gave the price they balked so I did it right then and there for 1/2 the price! Doubled my income, tax-free cash, and I don't regret it a bit - an apprentice is supposed to be under DIRECT SUPERVISION and since I never was, I got away with it. It's not really stealing because the shop at their prices was never gonna get the work anyway. Although I did use company materials, I would replace what I used from time to time if I could.
Way to troll haha
 

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I'm gonna apply to the union in the next few days. Just wondering really. I have no electrical experience whatsoever.
 

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I help out family and friends for cost of materials. I enjoy the extra experience I get since I work commercial and I love helping people.

I'm also honest with them if/when they need to call a contractor to pull a permit and what scope of work they should expect, or if the work is just over my head.
 

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I'm gonna apply to the union in the next few days. Just wondering really. I have no electrical experience whatsoever.
From what I understand, the union is really against side work. It could get you in some serious conflict with the union and other union workers if caught or found out. This question could be better for the union forum.
 

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the OP is a real tool. any volunteers to hold his hand?
 

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I was under the impression the union paid so well you wouldn't need to waste your time doing little guy work.
True, I dont NEED the money-I just like it.

Plus, if I can snag work from a union hater I will do it with a song in my heart and a smile on my face.:)
 

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Yea what's the harm? When I was just starting out, customers would ask for an extra outlet here, a light there, change a single pole to a 3-way, but when the shop gave the price they balked so I did it right then and there for 1/2 the price! Doubled my income, tax-free cash, and I don't regret it a bit - an apprentice is supposed to be under DIRECT SUPERVISION and since I never was, I got away with it. It's not really stealing because the shop at their prices was never gonna get the work anyway. Although I did use company materials, I would replace what I used from time to time if I could.
Wow, that's some great con work for your mind. IMO, you were stealing from your boss and it sounds like you justified it because he did not properly supervise you.

If any problem arose, his insurance would have been dragged into the issue (since you were his employee), so you took his material, didn't have your own insurance, you weren't legally licensed to perform electrical contracting work, and I bet you even stayed on the clock while you did this.

I'm sorry (because I often agree with your posts) but I am of the opinion you are fooling yourself. You stole from your boss, period. If you did that working for me and I caught you I would fire you on the spot and fight any unemployment claims.
 
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