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pt
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We had some work done by a non-licensed resident on STX. He worked for two hours replacing a breaker and we bought the parts he said he needed for the job. We spend $40 for the parts. What would be a reasonable charge for labor? We offered him $50 but he was non-commital and seemed to act like it wasn't enough ...

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Topic starter Posted : August 1, 2010 12:16 pm
Bombi
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The initial call when an appliance guy comes is $75.00 and that usually is to just show up.

The fact that he showed up, did the work properly and didn't get a markup on the parts I would think his work would be worth $100. Also the consideration of having a relationship with a competent electrical worker has value. just my opinion

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Posted : August 1, 2010 1:24 pm
Hiya!
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If you paid $100 a hour for electrical work that would be cheap.

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Posted : August 1, 2010 1:54 pm
rks
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1) TWO HOURS to change a breaker?!? It's a 10 minute job.

2) Discuss the charges up front, licensed or not.

3) $80 or so for a handyman service call to include the first hour is reasonable.

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Posted : August 1, 2010 2:16 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Also consider his travel time and use of his tools if he needed them.

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Posted : August 1, 2010 3:07 pm
JE
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I have had some experience with reputable and competent licensed electricians over the last couple of years here on STX and I believe one charged $85/hour for the electrician and his helper and the other charged $75/hour. Neither charged a trip fee. And I believe the typical charge for a licensed handyman here is in the $25 to $35/hour range.

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Posted : August 1, 2010 7:06 pm
pt
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Thanks for the responses! They have all been helpful.

PT

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Topic starter Posted : August 1, 2010 7:29 pm
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