Why Hire An Electrician?

In the course of home ownership, it sometimes becomes necessary for home owners to hire an electrician. Whether it’s a damaged power outlet that hasn’t been working right since the accident to recovering from a fire caused by an electric heater or a full fledged rebuilding of a circuit box damaged almost beyond repair, an electrician can help with all these problems. These professionals understand the electrical systems inside a house inside and out and even a mediocre electrician can, given enough time and the right tools, make a house’s electrical systems functional again no matter what kind of damage that system has sustained in either the long term or short term.

The best way to hire an electrician is ideally to find one you can trust. The best way to do this is to talk to your neighbors and friends in the local area to see which electricians they trust. While it’s unlikely this will narrow it down to just one possible professional, it will give you a number of names that are quite likely to fit your needs. If, for one reason or another, you do not have neighbors or local friends you trust, you can also go online and look for electricians in your area. The best way to do this is through crowd sourced review sites, specifically the sections focused on your local area. These are sites filled with reviews of professional services from ordinary people like yourself, and are often the first results to appear on an internet search. Reading a few of these reviews should likely get you an idea of what kind of work an electrician does and how well they do it.

Once you’ve made the decision to call an electrician, it is a good idea to make time to have one examine the specific problem your home has. Scheduling can be difficult, but most electricians do appreciate patient clients who are willing to negotiate a good time to meet with them. While many of these professionals are quite willing to meet clients half way in terms of scheduling, it is not a clash of wills and barring emergency repairs, it is a good idea to schedule an electrician’s visit when you’re certain you can be at home. It’s a costly mistake to forget an electrician’s house call so find a way to keep yourself reminded of the meeting, one way or another.

Once the problem in the electrical system has been identified, there will generally be an estimate for the cost of the work. The costs are usually unpleasant to pay for, but as any seasoned home owner knows, few professional services are easy and painless to pay for, even for simple jobs. If you really do not like the estimate you are given, it is a good idea to call another company and get another estimate, though barring extreme incompetence or malfeasance, other estimates will likely be quite similar. This is why it is a good idea to make sure you can trust an electrician before calling them.

The Electrician’s Survival Kit – Ed’s Tech Tips

Have you noticed that there’s really no content out there for theatre technicians? Well, that’s where we, at MidCity, come in.

There are videos out there of acting tips, voice lessons, dance routines, monologue examples, etc. upon etc. but there’s nothing out there for the workhorses of theatre, the silent heroes: The technicians. Without them, actors would have no sets to play on, no props to hold and use, no lights to be seen by, and so much more. Ed thought it was time that they get a little love too.

Our Technical Director, Eddis ‘Ed’ Brown, has been working behind the scenes of theatre for a very long time and has amassed a very impressive set of skills, which he is going to share with you, tip by tip, in each episode.

So now that we have laid down a few basics about lighting (cable wrapping, making an on-the-fly top hat, DMX and DIP switches) it’s time we look at the aspects of actually being on the job. First thing’s first, you’re a technician and technicians have tools. Doctors have stethoscopes, chefs have knives, and technicians have tools. Now, the tools are dependent on the job so a carpenter will bring with him/her different tools than an electrician. Today, since Ed is the latter, we will stick with the latter.

Ed will be taking us through, tool-by-tool, what he brings to a basic lighting call, hang, focus, etc. This is going to be your Electrician’s Survival Kit, if you will. Everything that Ed has in this video is crucial to get any job done efficiently so everyone can move on. Just like in James’ “Riffin’ With the Professor” video about properly receiving notes and keeping directors happy, if you make sure you walk into each and every lighting call with these tools, you will keep your Master Electrician, Lighting Designer, Technical Director, etc. happy as well.

So pack up your bags, feel free to add some of your personal favorites or other suggestions, and get ready to get down.

Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time on “Ed’s Tech Tips”

– MidCity Productions

A special thanks to Event Lights in Jersey City, New Jersey for the use of their shop in this video.

This episode was presented and written by Eddis Brown. Graphics, animations, photography, and editing by Brett Mogavero of Mogue Studios. Title card designed by Solvi Haugseth. Directed by Solvi Haugseth. Produced by Jayde Lovell

Tips For Hiring A Master Electrician

If you own property, then it is important that you have any work done to it performed by professional contractors. This will ensure that everything is done correctly the first time and will keep you and others safe. For instance, a master electrician will be able to handle all of your electrical needs including making certain that everything is constructed according to the local building codes.

In fact, there are very few repairs and remodel tasks that you can do on your own. This is because electrical current is very powerful and potentially dangerous. The damage from poor wiring jobs include fires and much more, which not only puts your health at risk, but that of others as well, not to mention the harm to property.

If you are going to hire an electrician for your building needs, it is important that you make sure the individual or company has an impeccable reputation and the ability to complete the job successfully. You can begin by compiling a list of potential master electricians for the job.

In order to come up with the names, you can ask people you know and look on the Internet. Your list should have at least half a dozen potential contractors along with their contact information and the name of the person who referred you.

You should then look up each of these electricians to find out about their reputation in the community. One of the best places to find this type of data is independently owned consumer review websites. There are several of them out there. Make sure that the sites you depend on are truly independently owned and not financed by the companies that are promoted on it. Unfortunately, this is a common practice today in the online marketing world.

You should read the reviews at these sites rather than just looking to see their average score. Unfortunately, it is incredibly common for people to leave grades that are not indicative of the service received from the person or company being reviewed. For instance, an individual may be disgruntled about the power problems in a building that they just purchased. Rather than rating the contractor for the services provided, these misguided folks will give the contractor a poor grade along with a rant about how unhappy they are the power went out to begin with.

You should mentally eliminate those types of reviews from the average rating. The same goes for reviews with unwarranted high numbers. Also, pay attention to the things that customers liked and did not like about their service. Even if there is a consistent dislike, if it is not a concern of yours, you should still consider the contractor.

Then you can check out the websites of those who remain. Contact those who have a good reputation and established history of providing exceptional customer service. You will be able to choose from excellent master electricians by taking the time to do your research on them first!

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