Hate by who?Why does residential get so much hate? At least, that's what I keep seeing? Wondering about it.
Haha I was testing grounding in a substation with a current test set and had a foreman for the EC tell me I didn't know anything about electricity because I was just pushing buttons on the test set and using a laptop lol, he was not kidding.I feel the opposite in my trade lol. I'm industrial, but I find most construction / resi guys consider me a hack because I can't legally wire a house. I suppose it depends what side of the fence you sit on. I generally find automation to be more interesting but I do find enjoyment in construction as well. It is nice to see a job get finished! Automation is rarely ever truly done.
600A residential....Jesus. That is a lot of juice. I have put in some heavy equipment on a line that didn't come equipped with that much juiceI did one house in Phoenix 600 amp 3 phase 240v wild leg service. I remember 3 5 ton a/c's on the garage (8 cars). We had his and her's steam rooms. Never figured that out. The property had a guest house with a 100 amp draw if there was anyone in there. Every thing was electric. Most everything else was cost driven.
One of the big reasons I stayed away from residential. I have a friend who tried to strike out a bit on his own. Found a carpenter running speaker cord to a ceiling an in the bathroom. He fixed it, only to get screwed out of 15k on another job by a non-payer. Took him to small claims court, all he got was a lien on his house, which means FA until he sells his house...There is no shame in doing residential electrical work. The problem is the homeowner that want's to save a buck, and worse, not pay you, and the all the hack's and wannabe's from the Home Depot hiring hall that call themselves electricians. We've all seen the work these hacks do, but they are cheap. Turn the switch, the lights come on, all good. And the DIY'ers. We've all seen them too at Lo's or China Depot with j-boxes, plumbing fittings, and zip cord asking the sales guy how to do the job.
I've seen nails driven down the center of Romex for strapping, RG-59 used to wire a pool room, and a whole house wired in SO cord. How do you compete?