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1.30 Does a contractor need to be a licensed electrician on small jobs?

Q. I am interviewing contractors to do renovations w/ electrical work. When selecting someone after a horror show from getting a contractor off creigs list ( don't recomend that ) I ran into a few who said they did not need an electrcians licence because its not a big job? I would apparecate the feed back.

A. Yes, electrical and plumbing contractors need to be licensed. That doesn't mean the person actually doing the work must be licensed, but the owner of the shop or the person in charge of the field personnel must be a licensed master electrician or plumber. Hope this helps.

1.20 Circuit breaker tripped and no electricity to 1/2 my apartment...?

Q. I had my bathrooms remodeled about 1 1/2 years ago. The contractor installed GFCI outlets in both bathrooms. The outlet in the guest bath is the main source while one of the outlets in the master bath is connected serially from the guest BR. A second outlet was added to the master bath so now it has 2 outlets where previously, there was only one but I believe that is powered by a different line. Just last week, I had plugged in a laptop to the outlet in the guest BR and walked away for a sec. I heard a pop and checked to see if everything was alright and the laptop seemed to be fine and the light switch was still working. Later that day, I tried turning on the lights in the BR and they wouldn't come on. I also noticed that the hallway lights wouldn't turn on either. One of the outlets in my master BR was also out too. I went to the main circuit breaker box and saw that one of the breakers had tripped so I tried resetting it. But it would not reset. I called in a maintenance person to check to see what was wrong and he assumed it was something plugged in that was causing it to trip so we unplugged everything that was attached to this line and still nothing worked. He also tried replacing one of the switches believing that was causing the breaker to trip but that didn't work either. At this point, he recommended I get an electrician to check to see what was causing the outage. I called an experienced contractor who works alot in my building and he checked it out. He said it was because I had GFCI outlets in both bathrooms which was causing the circuit breaker to trip. He said I only needed one GFCI outlet in the guest BR because that was the main outlet. (I'm assuming the one GFCI outlet in the master BR that still has power is running on another line...not connected serially to the line that's having problems.) He said the other other outlet in the master BR should be a normal outlet. My question was, why would it work for 1 1/2 years and just now cause a problem? I'm a little handy and would like to try and fix the problem myself but does the suggestion of the 2nd contractor make any sense? Should I replace the first GFCI outlet and the other one with a normal one just to make sure it's not one of them that's causing the circuit to trip?.

A. It depends upon how the wiring was done. The wires might go to the first GFCI box but not go through the device or it might be wired through the device. In either event it is unlikely that a bad GFCI will trip the main panel circuit breaker without some other problem. As handy as you are I would suggest you have an electrician come in to do the work as you might not recognize something that was done that might immediately be recognizable to an electrician. As is true with many trades, the knowledge required for troubleshooting a problem is more than is required for an initial installation. You have to not only know what is right but what can go wrong and be able to find it. Good luck with whatever you decide.

1.20 How much should it cost to install a ventilation fan in a bathroom? And what type of contractor would do that?

Q. We have a second story bathroom with a plaster ceiling with an unfinished attic above, leading up to a roof with cedar planks and two layers of shingles above that. We want to hire someone to install a ventilation fan in the ceiling and vent it through the roof. What would be a reasonable price for something like that? And what type of contractor should we look for to do that - electrician, HVAC guy, etc?

A. Anyone who does renovations can install it for you...just make sure he doesn't vent it to the attic because you will have problems with condensation which will affect your plaster ceiling...make sure you discuss the job with him in detail so you know he knows what he's doing...it's not as easy of a job as you'd think.

1.20 How much for an electrician to run a new line for ceiling fans?

Q. How much for an electrician to run a new line for ceiling fans? I want to put ceiling fans in the bedrooms. There are no wires there currently. No box for a light or anything. How much would an electrician charge for that?

A. Sarah, your best bet would be to have a local electrical contractor give you the local rate for this line-addition project of yours, as there are a lot of unknown variables. To your advantage, there are plenty of local electrical contractors seeking to give free estimates with no obligation, and taking advantage of this is critical to find out just exactly what might be the cost in your area. (The cost of materials and labor greatly varies by location.) The following is a link to a handyman site that offers free very resourceful information to assist you in assessing the cost of your project, and, ultimately, finding a local electrical contractor in an effort to get the best deal for you: INFO ON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS: http://yourhandymanzone.com/Your_Handyman_Zone_Free_Estimates_Electrical.htm I'm hopeful the above will provide you with the information that is necessary to make a wise consumer choice, including helpful guidance in obtaining free written estimates from the local contractors in your area so that you can make an informed decision about your project. . Source(s): The Internet. Just whatever is available online and what I have on my mind, including the inclusion of relevant sites, like the one cited that came into existence with my effort, which is intended to be useful. Helping people get the relevant info they want is great.

1.20 What is the reason for a slow or stopped central air conditioning outside cooling fan with a loss of cold air?

Q. The recent problem seems to be related to the outdoor cooling fan. The air conditioning system seems to be working properly, but there is a loss of cooling of the air coming from the indoor air conditioning vents. I inspected the outside unit, and yesterday the cooling fan was stopped with a humming/grinding sound. The capacitor looked good (no bulging), but I'm not an electrician and I have no way (or the knowledge) to test voltages and amperages and such. Anyway, I blew on some dust/dirt/cobwebs around some of the wires, and started the system back on and the fan moved at normal speed and the system worked and cooler air came out. However, today, the indoor temperature wasn't maintained and I went outside and the cooling fan was running much slower (but it was running). After I turned off the system, I felt the metal cover of the outside unit, and it was very hot, and it seemed that the source of the heat came from directly above the cooling fan motor. Please contact me!

A. Replace your outdoor fan and while your at it replace the capacitor and everything will be fine. But turn your unit off untill you get it fixed or you'll be changing a compressor or buying a new unit.

1.20 Who should I call to install an exhaust fan in my bathroom? And electrician or an air conditioning company?

Q. We desperately need an exhaust fan installed in our upstairs bathroom. There is one tiny window, which is not enough to expel all of the moisture (esp. living in FL!)... and no air conditioning vent. The bathroom is located on an exterior wall so I wouldn't think it would be too complicated. I just don't know who I should call to do it.

A. Actually, either one can do this job. When building new houses the electrician sets the fan housing and runs the wires, then the AC man runs the duct work when he roughs in his AC unit. Since there's gonna be a switch involved, I'd call an electrician first.

1.20 What do contractors charge per square foot to remodel part of an unfinshed existing basement to a bedroom? ?

Q. What do contractors charge per square foot to remodel part of an unfinshed existing basement to a bedroom? I am looking into converting part of my unfinsihed basement to a bedroom around 12ft x 12ft. There will be no Addition to the house, but there will be remodelling to already existing space putting up some walls to make a bedroom. Ballpark figure thanks.

A. Even a Ball Park figure would be difficult to produce for with out a visit. But lets say, the electrician could be about $1,000.00 total. X 15.15 divided by 144.

1.20 Is this a good price for a basement remodel? How should I pay?

Q. I received a bid today for a partial basement remodel from an acquaintance of mine that I'm pretty confident I can trust. He quoted me $6,500 to complete 625 square feet. This includes dry wall, the ceilings, outlets, canned lighting, carpet, 3 doors and paint. Is this a pretty good price? Also, I have a home equity line of credit with 3.75% interest. I think I should use this because it's tax deductable. I can't pay cash and don't want to use a credit card. Well, I could pay half cash and half line of credit but I don't want to break myself paying for this all up front. Is the HELOC a good idea? Thanks. wow. Thanks for the detialed advice. Um, yes he is putting 2 x 4 studs in and blowing insulation in. The painting will be contracted out to a painter, the electrical to an electrician and the carpet to a local company. It sounds like the guy is in charge of the job but contracting most of it out. It also includes stipled ceiling, switch installation on dimmers and base/casing (whatever that is).

A. I think you need to get three or four estimates..all need to be written and describing exactly what is included. Write out what you want done to your space, so each contractor can bid accordingly. I have to tell you, I do not like working with friends (unless it is just for an afternoon having dinner or beer as pay). Do not make a decision until you have all the estimates. As for paying..that is a personal decision you need to make on your own or with your financial advisor from the bank. A word of advice..wiring should be done by a licensed electrician and do not cheap out on the recessed lighting.


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