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1) When researching for an electrician, make sure of the following:
A) They are licensed
B) They are bonded
C) They are insured
D) They can provide a few references
E) Lastly, obtain 3 different quotes to round out the playing field and keep everyone honest regarding pricing points. Choose the electrician you feel most comfortable with. Do not base your final decision on the lowest price. Middle of the road pricing is the most common to choose from.
2) No way..........majority of handymen are not licensed electricians. They may think they know everything, but most only know the basics, if that. You get what you pay for.....only hire a licensed electrician who has the skills, training, education and experience. Electricity is not something you want to mess around with in order to just save a few bucks. In fact, in some states it is illegal to advertise to perform electrical work unless the individual is a licensed electrician. Simply put, if Handy Men were licensed electricians, they be concentrating on electrical work and not on drywall, painting or basic home repairs. The majority of Handy Men are not intimate with the National Electrical Code, thus the reason why you only want to hire a licensed electrician.
3) Look in your local Yellow pages or do a search on Yahoo or Google. Type in your zip code and electricians. You will find many to choose from.
4) You will either need to build a temporary scaffold or hire an electrician to reach the smoke alarm. Suggest hiring an electrician and relocate the smoke alarm. It does not need to be located on the ceiling. It can also be located readily accessible on a wall that is close to the ceiling area, thus making battery changes easier to accommodate in the future. I can see the picture, but it is not very clear.
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