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Old 09-22-2012, 08:36 PM
 
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We just got an estimate of a job that would cost $360 in labor and he is saying it will take 4 hours? He charges $90 an hour. I generally dont hire by the hour, I hire for cost of total job. Just curious if $90 was high. It is changing an outside light timer to dusk to dawn sensor (1) on outside of house and replacing 3 wall mounted fixtures on outside of house to newer ones. New electric doesnt need to be run and everything works fine just updating. Thanks-
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:48 PM
 
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Your project should not take a competent electrician 4 hours. I'd be surprised if it took over 90 minutes.

I'd do your job for $180...

Seriously, the hourly rate is probably right, the time estimate is way off.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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It seemed high to me-everything does work as it is now just trying to update a little.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:10 PM
 
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You really don't need an electrician to do these minor changes.

Hire a handyman for a third of the price.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Dead end - Long Island,
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Are you far, are they including travel time. . . I got rapped by a electrician BIG TIME years back.... had a leg go down and come back and then it fried a wire coming back, and needed a line run from panel to my machine (3ph) without the one machine im dead in the water, My brother and friend were on jobs and i couldn't wait for them so another shop knew a guy that was able to come and that thief tried charging me $1500, and we haggled till he got me to $900 without a gun, and he used my tools and i bought the wire and length of emt...

Watch what they do, $360 to change a auto light timer and replacing some wall lights or sconces or whatever is high
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:15 PM
 
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You do not need an electrician for this work. Hire a handy person and monitor the work.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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We just got an estimate of a job that would cost $360 in labor and he is saying it will take 4 hours? He charges $90 an hour. I generally dont hire by the hour, I hire for cost of total job. Just curious if $90 was high. It is changing an outside light timer to dusk to dawn sensor (1) on outside of house and replacing 3 wall mounted fixtures on outside of house to newer ones. New electric doesnt need to be run and everything works fine just updating. Thanks-
Changing fixtures doesn't require a licensed electrician according to Code. If one does this work for hire the work should be checked by a licensed electrician but homeowners rarely bother. Changing fixtures can be a DIY project by the homeowner as most fixtures have simple instructions to follow.

The rates you were given are on par for a licensed electrician but high for the time estimate to complete the job. I'd suggest getting 2 more estimates from those located nearby.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:40 AM
 
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Too High Stay away from a union
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:41 AM
 
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Thanks-thought the rate was might be ok but the time seemed off-
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:33 AM
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4 hours is way too long for the work you want done. Now if this was Public Service Employees(s) I could see this much time, 2 people required and a 30 minute break included....
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