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glauster

05:38PM | 01/08/07
Member Since: 11/15/05
70 lifetime posts
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In November I had the electrical company who has always done the work at my place come over to replace the light fixtures.

The first time around the bill was for $569.20 for a total of 5.5 hrs. but with 2 workers (not apprentice apparently).

I just now got the second bill for the second phase. It's for a total of 11 hrs. divided evently between the journeyman and what looks like an apprentice electrician. The total is $962.50.

To put it bluntly, I'm numb over this bill. And of course they want their money in a weeks time and will give me a paltry discout if I pay by then.

Have I had the wool pulled over my eyes? Why does the second charge include the apprentice while there is no mention made of the second electrician who worked at the first phase. Should I mention the bills or would I be better off keeping my mouth shut?

fugazi48

06:16AM | 01/09/07
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
Wow, I am sorry about your charges. I guess that is why I do a lot of my own electrical. I can't afford to work overtime to pay an electrician. Now, the HVAC guy, I have no choice but to pay him.

househelper

06:34AM | 01/09/07
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
You certainly have a right to question the charges and ask for clarification. Are these labor only charges? Is the hourly rate typical for your area? Did they give you any type of estimate before starting?
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