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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 How Do I convert 3 phase Electric to Single Phase.?

Q. I Bought a building that has 3 phase service. What I would like to do is have a 200 amp single phase Breaker on on each Floor (there are 4 Floors total) These can be sub panels or otherwise. My question is how do hook up a Main Distribution panel to tap into the 3 phase panel and maintain a balanced load. I know this is a dangerous undertaking. I am very experienced in single phase applications But my 3 phase experiance so far has been limited so far to installation of 3 phase motors. In theory I somewhat understand what needs to be done, but I need someone to give me a step by step process to complete this. ** again I understand the risks involved so please do not answer telling me to Hire an Electrician...I am ONE. Just dont know too much about this aspect and Doing it by oneself is the best way to learn** Thx If necessary compensation can be arranged.

A. I am sorry, and mean no offense, as you have stated that you don't want to hear this, BUT... It would be foolish, and possibly hazardous, for anyone to try to explain this to you here. You "say" you "are one," but you also say you don't know about this, and that's the same as not being one where this project is concerned. You need to sacrifice a little pride and money, and hire a LICENSED MASTER Electrician to go to your job-site and literally POINT to, identify each of the phase legs, and explain which are to be used for your intended project. You don't have to hire him to do the work, only to advise and educate you. How about one of the guys you work with who does this work, he probably would do it for a few beers and laughs. There is a universal convention for which phase to use for what you want to do, and someone who knows what he/she is doing needs to precisely identify which phase line is which. The reason for this is that whoever originally wired the 3-phase may NOT have followed the convention, and misuse could result in problems. Better safe than sorry.

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 What kind of contractors run underground water pipes and electrical lines?

Q. I am trying to find out the license requirements for TN for getting your contractors license to run underground water lines and electrical lines. Can anyone help me and tell me the specific name of these contractors so that I can look up the requirements?

A. Anyone can dig the trenches and run the pipes, but for all the connections you need a plumber and electrician

1.20 What tools does an electrician apprentice need to have for sure; and mechanic in his garage?

Q. What tools does an electrician apprentice need to have for sure; any tool you can think of? What are the tools that an electrician and mechanic uses in his garage and on different jobs and things. What is some of the most expensive tools he needs to think about when he is going out shopping; is their a better kind to look for;

A. Oh, that’s a leading question. Whatever tools you get, you’ll usually need the one you didn’t bring. Basic, basic tools are: Work Gloves (leather is acceptable) Multi-meter Non-contact voltage tester (also called a “wiggler”) Screwdriver set -- or a “multi” or 4-in-1 type. You need at least a #1 and #2 Phillips (cross-point), and smaller and larger slot screwdriver (sizes will vary). Allen wrench set (hex set) A shorter screwdriver (“stubby”) and an offset screwdriver will be helpful, too. Lineman’s pliers (pliers include heavy-duty cutter) Long-nose pliers Wire Stripper Wire-cutter (for copper wire) Small hammer There are a number of other tools that you will need, but you will know them as you do more complex projects. Always think safety first – confirm that the circuit you’re working on is not energized (has no power). Move cautiously – even though the majority of your tools will have insulation, that will not stop the tool from shorting a circuit if one of them is energized (even when you’re not working on that one). Work with a partner. If one of you runs into trouble, the other can help out.

1.20 How much should an electrician charge to change a 3 prong outlet to a 4 prong?

Q. I have a new stove with a four prong cable but only a 3 prong outlet to plug it in to. I want to have a professional change the outlet so that it is 4 prong and will fit. It should be a simple job I could probably do it myself but better safe than sorry. How much should an electrician charge me for this?

A. Don't change the outlet change the cord its easier

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