We serve a stable of neighborhood customers who stay loyal for several interrelating reasons. What’s yours?
With eleven years in miscellaneous construction and seven in electrical construction, I bring the well-rounded experience needed to coordinate with other trades — and in some cases do their work. As apprentice of Lee Garner for four years, I learned from a 30-year master of West Philadelphia plaster-and-lath-clad residential interiors featuring intricate (sometimes diabolical) interfaces between four generations of evolving wiring methods. Unsurpassed for troubleshooting and seamless integration of new wiring into old places, I am also versed in modern control circuits, lighting efficiency upgrades, service equipment installations, and common aspects of commercial electrical systems.
A wise man once said of construction, “Choose two: speed, price, quality.” For dealings with any single firm, that simple matrix holds together. But when you compare the cost structures within competing firms, you’ll get different ratios between factors and a decidedly different overall value. One firm’s ‘good’ may be another’s ‘adequate’. Read on for a discussion of price in my cost-structure, and what kind of quality you get at a given price and speed.
I’m a small company with neither middle-man nor principal-agent nor employee costs. I write the website and ad copy, survey, estimate and quote, do the work, and collect your payment. For my hourly rate of $70, you get a licensed/insured, sole-proprietor master electrician whose work is personally and professionally on the line. Go elsewhere, and for the same billed hourly rate, you’ll get the company’s most junior employee, who may lack the knowledge, skill, or personal stake needed to ensure the job is done to a standard of excellence. You can get work of equal quality, but you’ll have to ask for it and pay more for it.
The person consulting with you about your needs, estimating or quoting the work, performing the work, and collecting your payment is all one: it is I. You won’t get different company representatives telling you different things, and I take pride in completing projects at the price quoted.
I hope that you value that last bit, and keep it in mind as you think about other construction trade labor you’ve engaged. In the long run, I’m gambling that my reputation for reliable quotes will win me your business, even against competition quoting lower.
For larger projects involving coordination among trades, knowing that the principal for the electric trade is on site doing work can save critical time and money for your general contractor. If you’re a building owner cutting out the GC and managing construction yourself, this is doubly important, considering you may have a day job and very limited ability to supervise the project directly. Can another electrician’s on-site employee modify the contract to provide a different type of lighting fixture in 5 minutes?
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