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1.20 Does Landlord have to be present when contractor comes for an estimate?

Q. I am a new landlord and I need an electrician to come and provide an estimate (baseboard heater replacement). Can I just ask the electrician and tenant both to schedule the time which works for both of them and then just coordinate the work over the phone? Or: Do I have to be present there when contractor comes for an estimate?

A. You don't "have to" be there but you're now running a business. A business that is open to liability. What happens if your electrician takes a liking to your attractive female tenant? CYA and go thru the job with the electrician, he'll know exactly what you want and you'll know exactly what you're paying for. Most tradesmen give estimates in the evenings anyway.

1.20 Circuit breaker tripped and no electricity to 1/2 my apartment...?

Q. I had my bathrooms remodeled about 1 1/2 years ago. The contractor installed GFCI outlets in both bathrooms. The outlet in the guest bath is the main source while one of the outlets in the master bath is connected serially from the guest BR. A second outlet was added to the master bath so now it has 2 outlets where previously, there was only one but I believe that is powered by a different line. Just last week, I had plugged in a laptop to the outlet in the guest BR and walked away for a sec. I heard a pop and checked to see if everything was alright and the laptop seemed to be fine and the light switch was still working. Later that day, I tried turning on the lights in the BR and they wouldn't come on. I also noticed that the hallway lights wouldn't turn on either. One of the outlets in my master BR was also out too. I went to the main circuit breaker box and saw that one of the breakers had tripped so I tried resetting it. But it would not reset. I called in a maintenance person to check to see what was wrong and he assumed it was something plugged in that was causing it to trip so we unplugged everything that was attached to this line and still nothing worked. He also tried replacing one of the switches believing that was causing the breaker to trip but that didn't work either. At this point, he recommended I get an electrician to check to see what was causing the outage. I called an experienced contractor who works alot in my building and he checked it out. He said it was because I had GFCI outlets in both bathrooms which was causing the circuit breaker to trip. He said I only needed one GFCI outlet in the guest BR because that was the main outlet. (I'm assuming the one GFCI outlet in the master BR that still has power is running on another line...not connected serially to the line that's having problems.) He said the other other outlet in the master BR should be a normal outlet. My question was, why would it work for 1 1/2 years and just now cause a problem? I'm a little handy and would like to try and fix the problem myself but does the suggestion of the 2nd contractor make any sense? Should I replace the first GFCI outlet and the other one with a normal one just to make sure it's not one of them that's causing the circuit to trip?.

A. It depends upon how the wiring was done. The wires might go to the first GFCI box but not go through the device or it might be wired through the device. In either event it is unlikely that a bad GFCI will trip the main panel circuit breaker without some other problem. As handy as you are I would suggest you have an electrician come in to do the work as you might not recognize something that was done that might immediately be recognizable to an electrician. As is true with many trades, the knowledge required for troubleshooting a problem is more than is required for an initial installation. You have to not only know what is right but what can go wrong and be able to find it. Good luck with whatever you decide.

1.20 Where to start while remodeling my bathroom?

Q. Ok so I have decided to remodel my bathroom. Most of it I will be doing myself. I am just wondering where I should start? Here is a list of things that will be done: 1. Take down old pink tile and put new tile in 2. Put in new bathroom sink/vanity 3. Put in new toilet 4. Convert bathtub to shower/tub combo ( there's pink tile around the bathtub as well) I will not be doing this myself. I am going to hire someone to do this. Any advice would be great

A. I attempted to answer, but there are things I do not know. What are you doing yourself and what are you hiring a professional for ? Is a plumber going to be hired for all the plumbing or will you do it yourself ? Do you have a second bathroom to use during the reno ? If not, then time is a factor and will affect the way you approach your project. Also, if you only had a tub before, you probably do not have an exhaust fan. I would highly recommend getting one installed if you are to install a shower to prevent moisture damage. Higher the sones, the quieter the unit & higher the price. You may need to hire an electrician if you cannot do this yourself. The more work you can take away from a professional, the more savings for you.

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 Does a builders license give the builder the right to do electrical work?

Q. We have a builder who is doing remodeling of a bathroom and he is doing electrical work for a whirlpool ,exhaust fan w/timer lighting also changed circut breakers now does he need to be licensed to do this?

A. Yes, if you are paying him, and he is unliscensed as an electrician, he needs to have a liscensed electrician sign off on all of his wiring and connections before they are covered by drywall or appliances.personally, i think, if he is performing electrical work, without a liscense, you should be very wary of all of his practices, and question him on them. if he gets uncomfortable, consult a lawer before confrunting him, or allowing him to perform work

1.20 Carpenters: what is the approximate cost of removing and replacing new sheetrock in a 12x6 bathroom?

Q. I'd like to know the average cost per day for labor. This will include a bathroom exhaust fan/heater and the replacing sheetrock on the ceiling as well.

A. You're talking about a fairly labor intense job. You're remodeling a finished bathroom, which is a bit larger than average. Depending on where you live, contractor prices vary. You should hire a licensed/insured individual in case something goes wrong; ie, there are leaks, etc. If it can be all be done in one or 2 days, estimate around $300/day minimum for a carpenter or contractor. If extra help is called in, the cost goes up accordingly. Take into account that you're dealing with water & electricity in the same area. Plan on the extra expense of an electrician to come in & do the wiring for the fan. Removing drywall (sheetrock) is messy & there will be lots of fine white dust everywhere. Ask if they're totally clean up after the job. A good, rust-proof exhaust fan is approx. $100 for a quiet, rust-proof, 110cfi unit. If your drywall needs replacement due to water damage of any sort, there may be rotted wood beneath and/or mold. Repair of that, plus materials can significantly increase the total cost. To be safe, I'd put aside approx. $2,000 until the contractor has a chance to see what's behind that drywall. ~m~

1.20 I'm barely going to turn 18 and i want to be a Construction worker, How do i go about doing that?

Q. Cause i have little construction experience. But that's what i want to do. Any advice/info?

A. First you need to decide what kind of construction work you wish to do. There are hundreds of different jobs in construction. To get into some fields like electrician or plumbing you will have to go to a trade school. Other industries get their new workers through an apprentice program. Look in the yellow pages and find listings for labor unions. (many construction jobs are union) and give them a call. Ask if you can talk to union reps for a few different fields to get an idea of which type of construction job you want. Then look in the yellow pages and call a few construction companies and ask to speak to someone who does the hiring. That person will also be able to give you good information about the skills needed to get hired. After you find out what you want to do, either go to school or start applying for jobs in the field you like. Good luck.

1.20 What is the average yearly salary for unionized construction workers in California?

Q. We are looking to relocate from Las Vegas and currently make a good living in construction. We want to move to California, but we are curious to know where we can live the most comfortably.

A. Which union trade? Pipe-fitter Electrician Mason Laborer Sheet Metal Worker Iron Worker Millwright

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