Licensed and insured contractor documentation
City of Philadelphia electrical contractor’s license #35849
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor registration #PA060608
Haverford Township, PA electrical contractor’s license #43879
Lower Merion Township, PA electrical contractor’s license #15263
Cheltenham Township, PA electrical contractor’s license #581 E
I am a Bachelor of English Literature (Swarthmore College) and have worked for more than a decade in construction, including more than nine years of experience focused in electrical installations.
I worked four years as apprentice and journeyman to Lee Garner, a longtime master electrician in the West Philadelphia neighborhoods where my practice is focused.
My Philadelphia electrical contractor’s license dates from 2008, when I passed the City’s Master Electrician licensing exam. Annual continuing education requirements and my abiding curiosity keep me up-t0-date with code changes and new technologies.
Please browse my certificates, licensing credentials, and insurance declarations, below — and let me know if I have neglected to update any of the items posted to their current version! Mouse-over a thumb-nail to see its title; click on it to see full size.
Some townships do not issue license certificates and merely keep a registration on file. Most township licenses expire at the end of the calendar year, regardless of when obtained. Renewal to the current year is a matter of supplying current insurance documentation and paying the annual fee. I have been:
Licensed in Cheltenham Township (including Elkins Park) (through 2013)
Licensed in Haverford Township (2011)
Licensed in Lower Merion Township (including Villanova) (through 2012)
Licensed in City of Philadelphia (through June 2013)
“Licensed and Insured Contractor…”
Note that although many contractors make a big deal of being ‘licensed and insured’ most municipalities, including the City of Philadelphia, require that licensees carry commercial insurance to a certain minimum (at $2M, I am insured well beyond the minimum $300,000 per occurance). For a contractor to obtain a license, they MUST carry minimum insurance, although only the most vigilant license issuer will take action to revoke licenses if insurance is allowed to lapse.
City of Philadelphia may not require insurance coverage in an amount appropriate for your needs. Especially for larger projects, your architect or general contractor should advise you on minimum insurance requirements for all job site participants. Please present this information to me early in the negotiations for a contract.
Unlike some other state license issuers (California, for one), Philadelphia does not require bonding. There are many types of bonding for contractors, the most common of which is payment, or surety bond to protect the property title from mechanic’s liens in the event a worker or supplier for the contractor claims that they were not paid by the contractor. In the latter event, the surety bond pays the claim independently of any arguments or wishes of the contractor, preventing any lien from being recorded against the property title.
I do not carry any type of bonding, but I can get special bonding for any project that needs it. Please let me know up front if bonding is a concern or requirement for your project.
I am NOT listed with the Better Business Bureau
BBB’s registration maintenance of $300/year is too high for me, at this time. I encourage you to consult my customer reviews in case you would like assurances of the quality of my work and the fairness and reliability of my quotes.
Professional Certificates and Affiliations
- Find me on NABCEP’s Solar PV Installer Certification verification lookup.
- PA Department of Environmental Protection, Sunshine Rebate Program includes me on its Approved PV Installers List
Off-site Links ->
- Annapolis Home Inspection, LLC Aluminum branch circuits, homes 1965-1972
- ComplianceAndSafety.com OSHA Electrical Safety Training
- Electric Monk TV (YouTube) Video channel for PhillyLicensedElectrician.com Robert Monk
- EnergyConservation HowTo A tinkerer genius discusses energy conservation and his ladder system for accessing the attic (where a lot of energy-saving work happens).
- PennFuture Energy Center Energy and energy efficiency news for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Phila area rife with building efficiency upgrade opportunities Philadelphia Inquirer article discusses recent study showing Philadelphia’s inner-ring suburbs stand to save from energy conservation retrofits.
- Philadelphia Row-house Manual A design, maintenance, and modifications manual for our most widely-used form of housing.
- Robert Monk Robert Monk’s personal blog
- SolarCities (DOE) Solar PV Levelized Cost Interactive Comparator Simple graph compares ‘levelized cost’ of energy from solar PV to conventional grid rates, with a time-slider interactive feature.
- The Circuit Detective – Solve Home Electrical Problems Yourself! Electrical troubleshooting procedures pitched to homeowners.
- The Energy Co-op Blog from a leading alternative energy provider in PECO territory, includes fun conservation tips.
- Weatherization: the anti-Solyndra Salon.com article praising the continued success of the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), low-income energy-savings and job-creation.
- West Philly Tool Library Official site of WPTL, Philly’s own community tool lending library: like a book library, but tools!
- WestPhillyLocal .com Site name say sit all.
- Bartram's Gardens Founded in Philadelphia’s colonial era, today the gardens continue pioneering in horticulture and agriculture with a variety of herbs, trees and other vegetation in an arboretum/gardens on the Schulkill River banks, and a new farm abutting sadly neglected
- HiddenCity Philadelphia Surprising places it takes an adventurer to discover; events, too.
- Philly Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Schedule City of Philadelphia dates and places for disposing of spent batteries, CFL lamps, unused paint and cleaning products, etc. LovePhilly: don’t pour these in the drain or send them out with the trash.
- Reading Terminal Market Purveyors of fine foods and foodie stuff, all under one roof downtown under the PA Convention Center
- Secret Garden on the Rails Jacques-Jean Tiziou shows some dramatic natural and urban and naturalized-urban scenes along abandoned rails of Philadelphia
- Sketch Burger, Fishtown A vegan-friendly burger joint with a #1 in Philly contender beef burger, best fries that somehow stay fresh for 1/2 hour while you tackle burger, and a vegan cafe vibe of friendly folks.
- WXPN: Philly sings in key of love Love songs by Philly artists