Originally Posted By: dbozek
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Contrary to what may believe, not all electricians use tricks, traps and fancy words to sell work. Take me for instance. I use a book…called the NEC. I explain the code and why certain things related to the code should or must be repaired. If I came across a reverse polarity duplex, my response would be, “It would take about 10 minutes to repair and I don’t even need to waste time by turning off the power to it”. I, as I am certain, with most electricians, do not take a reversed polarity duplex and turn it into a rewire job! We don’t need to do such. I have never sold anyone anything they do not need and I refuse to do such. Just bad business. If a customer ever found out that I sold him something he didn’t need…his word of mouth alone could kill my reputation as being honorable, reliable and professional. Why would any electrician risk their reputation by “opening their mouths” and selling something that is not required?
I have read many slanderous remarks on this board about electricians selling things that are not needed. Do we, as electricians, really appear that shifty to you guys? What has an electrician done to anyone here to give us, "the good guys" such a bad reputation? Believe me, when I say that I would much rather take the 10 minutes to make a reversed polarity outlet right, than I would to take the hour or two to rewire the entire circuit. Whenever I go into a house that has just been seen by the HI, I actually thank you guys. Most of ya are pretty smart when it comes to electrical and you make good calls on what is needed. Occasionally, I do pick up work from you guys as well, but I never bad mouth a HI in front of the customer nor do I indicate things in need of repair that actually does not need repair. Very unprofessional to do such.
Unlike the electrician, the one who sells a product and a service, HI's merely inspect. So when a HI inspects electrical, and he has a electrician as his sidekick for an inspection or two, both individuals are learning. The electrican learns just what a HI does and the HI can learn from the electrician on what things they should be aware of, electrically speaking. If anyone else out there feels that bringing a electrician along is a bad idea, then don't do it. But hey guys, give us sparkies some credit here. We are not out to screw anyone on elecectrical work just like you aren't out there to screw anyone with your inspections. We are all in business to make money and I prefer to make my money honestly, as I am certain most electricians are. Actually I take Mike's comments as an insult to my profession. I am apologetic to you Mike if any of my brothers in electrical work has disillusioned you in some way as to what a sparky actually does!
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