Electrician needed for small (small!) job north of Seattle

charlie b

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Staff member
Location
Seattle, WA
Occupation
Electrical Engineer
I bought a new LED floodlight to replace the old one that illuminates our back yard. I can't do the replacement myself (knee issues, not safe to be on ladders). PM me if you are nearby and are interested. I'll send photos of the old and new fixtures.
 

Buck Parrish

Senior Member
Location
NC & IN
It might be more fun for you to hire an unsuspecting electrician that does not know that you have the code book memorized ! :) ( or just about)

I remember Jeff Rodriguez telling me a story when he had hired electricians that didn't know he taught NEC classes.
 

Hv&Lv

Senior Member
Location
-
Occupation
Engineer/Technician
I remember Jeff Rodriguez telling me a story when he had hired electricians that didn't know he taught NEC classes.
I remember talking to him when he was building his house way back...
A couple of the electricians didn’t know who he was until one of them sat in on his class one Saturday.
 

Dell3c

Member
Location
WA
Occupation
Electrician
Mr. Charlie B.. Good morning to you Sir. I'm about 3.5 hrs from your location (other side of hump) where the sun shines almost 300 days a yr. If no takers present, and being big hearted guy that I am (southern gentleman). I'm not beyond saddling up (putting the spurs to it) and taking a ride. My respect offered Sir.. :cool:..
 

charlie b

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Location
Seattle, WA
Occupation
Electrical Engineer
Many thanks, Dell. But I can't ask you to expend an entire day on a one hour job, even though we are both Southern gentlemen. I'm in no hurry. I'm sure I can find someone nearby.

Although this project is (knock on wood) a simple one, I would like to have a fellow forum member take it on. But I can look on the open market if I get no takers in a week or two. I would certainly rather pay an electrician than a handy man, if for no other reason than the house is over 75 years old. I can't rule out "surprises," and I need someone who can find and execute solutions quickly.
 

roger

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Location
Fl
Occupation
Electrician
Charlie, Tom Baker might be able to help.

Roger
 

charlie b

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Location
Seattle, WA
Occupation
Electrical Engineer
Charlie, Tom Baker might be able to help.
Tom Baker is a baker these days. He retired from being an electrician and an instructor. He and his wife have picked up the hobby (at least I think it's a hobby) of creative baking, and posting photos on Facebook. If he didn't live an hour's ferry ride away, I might knock on his door asking for a sample.
 

roger

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Location
Fl
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Electrician
I didn't know he was a baker now, that's pretty neat, my wife wanted to start a restaurant after I retired. Anyways I was thinking he might know of one of his students that became an EC

Roger
 

ramsy

Owner/Operator
Location
LA basin, CA
Occupation
Service Electrician 2017 NEC
I bought a new LED floodlight to replace the old one that illuminates our back yard.
You might get a bite if you threw in wiring for a back up generator with 200A service upgrade for compatible interlock switch, and ATS to keep the 15-Watt LED light going during power interruptions.

Could have helped you when we lived in Kirkland, WA from 1995-98.

Side jobs would have been good medicine during my Temp position as Microsoft Product Support Specialist, before outsourced to India; or delivery boy for FedEx in Bothel, before giving up on Washington & going home.
 

charlie b

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Location
Seattle, WA
Occupation
Electrical Engineer
Thanks for the responses. Having gotten no responses (from electricians within a reasonable drive from my location), I have decided to hire a local electrical contracting firm. They will come by next week.
 

ramsy

Owner/Operator
Location
LA basin, CA
Occupation
Service Electrician 2017 NEC
Please post before and after pictures, and tell us how much it cost. We will report the code violations.

Make sure the contractor's uninsured laborers don't appear in the photos
 
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