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Home Repair Reasonably priced Electrician

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by cuiw197, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. cuiw197

    cuiw197 New Member

    Sep 3, 2009
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    I'm trying to find a reasonably priced electrician to put in some fan junction boxes and run a few cables in the house. I'm still fairly new to the area, can someone recommend me one
  2. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

    Nov 1, 2006
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    You might try Craig from Ashburn Electric. He comes highly recommended by this message board and from me personally. We've used him twice and been happy each time.

  3. webeadams

    webeadams New Member

    Jan 5, 2007
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    Andy with Edge Electric is very good -703-297-1608
  4. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2006
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    Agreed, and he's licensed and insured and competitivily priced.

    It's surprising how many people believe what a contractor tells them about being licensed and insured but never ask to see the certificate or the license. Anytime someone is performing electrical work, however minor, make sure they are licensed.
  5. lilpea

    lilpea Member

    Oct 19, 2005
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    +1 on Ashburn Electric, we have used them several times.
  6. razng2grtboys

    razng2grtboys New Member

    May 15, 2008
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    What would a 'reasonably priced' electrician charge to run a wire and install a light fixture in a bedroom?
  7. Sesame

    Sesame New Member

    Sep 24, 2008
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    i just used craig for a ceiling fan install and to run a wire and install a light fixture in a dining room and i think i paid $400 for both with perhaps $250 of that for the fixture. they did a great job and were a pleasure to have around. drywall work to seal up the necessary holes was excellent. also, he is super nice.
  8. BlueMoon1

    BlueMoon1 New Member

    Oct 22, 2009
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    We only charge Brambleton and Broadlands customers $100/fixture, wire, switch and fixture install. Let me know if we can help.

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  9. ALtheHokie

    ALtheHokie New Member

    Jan 2, 2008
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    Just had recessed lighting (along with an extra light rough-in) put in our kitchen by Blue Moon Construction (by way of John's response above). Great job, great price! Highly recommended.
  10. kmcgorry

    kmcgorry New Member

    Jul 29, 2009
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    Excellent timing for this post. I'm looking for the same thing and starting investigating today.

    A couple notes on the recommnedations above.

    Both Blue Moon and Ashburn Electric are Board Certified in VA with Contractor licenses. You can find their information at:

    (there's also an older license for this business)



    Edge Electric is a little more convoluted. There's no contracting company under that name in the Trade Board, however, Andy Shonnard is listed as an individual tradesman (license granted in 2007) and has a Linked In page tying him to Edge Electric.

    See: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/andy-shonnard/15/298/473 and http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/regula...?CFID=8696633&CFTOKEN=88674633&lrn=2710046337

    There's also a Shonnard Electric (under the owner of David Shonnard) in Sterling. Perhaps there's a relationship and now a new business for Andy?

    Either way, I'm calling Ashburn Electric and Blue Moon and will post results to help anyone else looking.

    My particular project is to add 2-3 additional circuits to convert a basement bedroom to a home office.

    BTW, for reference, here's a quick breakdown of VA certifications:

    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    Board for Contractors
    3600 West Broad Street
    P. O. Box 11066
    Richmond, VA 23230-1066
    (804) 367-8511
    Fax: (804) 367-2474
    E-mail: contractors@dpor.state.va.us

    The Board issues three types of contractor's licenses or certificates -- Class A, B, or C. Usually the type of license you get will be based on the value of contracts your business will work on. Here's a description of each class:

    A Class A contractor works on single contracts for $70,000 or more or contracts totaling $500,000 or more over a one-year period (company must have a net worth of at least $45,000).
    A Class B contractor works on single contracts for $7,500 or more but less than $70,000 or contracts totaling $150,000 or more but less than $500,000 over a one-year period.
    A Class C contractor works on single contracts for $1,000 or more but less than $7,500 or contracts totaling less than $150,000 over a one-year period.

    The Tradesman Licensing Section of the Board for Contractors issues journeyman and master licenses for the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, gas fitting, natural gas fitting and liquid petroleum gas fitting trades. You must pass an exam to get any of these licenses. To qualify for a journeyman exam, you must have one of the following:

    • four years of practical trade experience and 240 hours of vocational training. You can substitute each year of experience (after the four years) for 80 hours of training, up to 200 hours
    • an associate degree from a Department-approved program and two years of practical experience
    • an bachelor's degree from a Department-approved program and one year of practical experience
    • ten years of documented Department-approved practical experience
    To qualify for a master exam you must have one of the following:

    • one year of experience as a licensed journeyman
    • ten years of documented Department-approved practical experience
    Lastly, there's a great little publication from VA that gives good advice on hiring a contract and how to avoid problems.

    http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/dporweb/What You Should Know Before You Hire A Contractor.pdf

    Hope this helps!

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