In this week's adventures, I've needed an electrician. To begin with, I had some interesting discussions with both Florida Power and Light and Manatee County. Note, I'm not being sarcastic. I had interesting discussions in a good way, and people have been going far beyond the lines of duty to help me out.
Anyway, in the end it boiled down to getting an electrician to perform repairs. The electrician has to get a permit from the county for the job, and when it's done the county will have to inspect it. (All this is still in the future - hopefully happening tomorrow - and we're keeping fingers, toes, and paws crossed for everything turning out okay.)
One of hubby's friends is an electrician, and he recommended United Electric, the company he works for. I contacted them and e-mailed with a guy who didn't seem too bad. He went out to look at the job, and was really rude when he called back. I thought, "I'm trying to pay you to do a job, why are you yelling at me?"
Not just that. In his eyes, the scope of the job had grown exponentially to what everyone else said.
He said, "And you'll have to move the power meter. It can't be on the lanai like this. It's probably built without a permit and this will cost a fortune."
I stood my ground. "But, the people from the county said nothing about that."
"They probably don't know the lanai is there."
"But, their inspector was there four hours ago."
"Yeah, well, then he doesn't know what he's talking about. Getting this approved will cost $2,700."
I went back to work and whined. The company owner said, "You know what, I'll call Brink's electric, the guy who does all the work around here. I bet he can help you out."
So, we talked to Dan Brink, and he went out to look. He took the time to come see me at work to talk about it, and looked embarrassed when he said, "You know, this job will take some time and need a lot of parts. I'll try to make it as a repair, but I have to..." I kind of zoned out when he told me everything that would be needed. Then, he said, "It might be as much as $600. I can go down to the office and apply for the permit in the morning."
$600 is a lot of money and I can't really afford it, but it's only 22% of $2,700. I said, "I talked to this other guy, and he said I'd have to move the meter."
"No, that shouldn't be necessary. I mean, it depends on who you get for inspector, it's really up to them, but it shouldn't be necessary. It's just a repair."
There are still a million things that can go wrong with this, but I'm hoping for the best. I'll keep you updated.