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Does a contractor need to be a licensed electrician on small jobs?

I am interviewing contractors to do renovations w/ electrical work. When selecting someone after a horror show from getting a contractor off creigs list ( don't recomend that ) I ran into a few who said they did not need an electrcians licence because its not a big job? I would apparecate the feed back.

Asked By: - 5/24/2008
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Yes, electrical and plumbing contractors need to be licensed. That doesn't mean the person actually doing the work must be licensed, but the owner of the shop or the person in charge of the field personnel must be a licensed master electrician or plumber. Hope this helps.
Answered By: woodtick314 - 5/24/2008
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Yes they need one, in case they mess up... More
Answered By: triana - 5/24/2008
 
Licensing requirement vary with the municipality, but most require that anyone charging for their work be licensed. This doesn't mean that any handyman sort who doesn't have a license will do bad work, but unless they have excellent references I'd go with the licensed professional anyday.
Answered By: Maldavi - 5/24/2008
 
Legally yes, they need a license. you don't want your house to burn down. The license assures you they know what they are doing... More
Answered By: Bin There - 5/24/2008
 
On small jobs electricity is pretty simple. If he can wire a switch , he can wire an outlet or a light. Once you get past service entrance (the power that actually makes everything work) its pretty simple. Or you can hire an electrician. If the contractor is insured and bonded you shouldn't have any problems.
Answered By: LoneWolf - 5/24/2008
 
There are still a dozen or so states that don't require an electrical liscense. It depends on your state. call your local construction office or court clerk if your not sure.
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Answered By: lmills148 - 5/25/2008
 
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