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Old 05-12-2011, 12:06 PM
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I'm in the process of installing solar on my house. Since I'm very technically minded, I did all my research, designed the system myself, dropped by the permitting office multiple times to verify that my designs were OK with them and I had everything that I needed to get a permit, and got an electrician lined up to do the electrical side of things.

However, once all of that was done and the materials had been delivered (and a new roof installed), I went down to the permitting office to pull the mechanical permit, and for the first time they told me that I'd need a contractor's license to do the work. Thanks for letting me know ahead of time, guys.

So, now I need a contractor to pull the permit and help me out. Frankly, I'd rather have someone just pull the permit and let me do all the work, but I suspect that I'll have trouble finding someone willing to do that for me...and so I need someone who is, at least, flexible about letting me lend a hand. I don't want to pay some exorbitant amount to sit back sipping lemonade and watch someone else put everything up if I can help it.

Has anyone ever worked alongside a contractor in this way? Any references/recommendations?

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Old 05-12-2011, 08:07 PM
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by jagec View Post
So, now I need a contractor...
for the whole job?
or just the electrical portion of it?

to pull the permit and help me out.
help you out
you can forget that whole line of thinking, bub.

If you really need a contractor for the WHOLE job including the electrical connection aspect (note that I keep coming back to that) then they're gonna charge what they charge to do the work.

So, what *type* of permit (and contractor) are they saying you need that your "electrician" isn't able to do for you?
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:55 PM
Location: Baltimore
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Yeah doubtful any contractor will pull a permit for you then let you do the work since they are liable unless you are BFF's.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:22 AM
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Basically, I already have an electrician who can pull the electrical permit and do the electrical portion of the job. But I need someone to pull the mechanical permit and install the physical panels, since the city feels that I am unable to.

Yeah, I know it's wishful thinking that I'd actually be able to do it myself. Pity, since I'm pretty much going to have to be there anyway to make sure that it's done right.
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