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For a short visit here and there anyway.

For over the past year or so, work has been Very spotty to say the least. In the past few weeks I've picked up a ton of work. And the ball just keeps rolling.

I spent the past weekend near Hartford, CT doing a job I was just called and asked to do last Thursday. It's a real nice $$ making job too.
Seems the General Contractor who I get most of my work thur had his back against the wall, so he called me and asked me to bail him out.
He's under the gun to get this job done and the store open by Labor Day. He HAD another electrician lined up to do the job, until the guy saw the job. His price doubled from what I normally charge for the same store, and the worst part was that the guy said he needed 6-7 days for 3 guys to get the rough wire ready for inspection. He don't have that much time, the job has to get done very fast.
I left NJ @ 4:30 am and got there @ 8:30 am or so. My helper (works like superman) and I worked a total of 27 hours between Sat & Sunday. When we left @ 8 pm Sunday evening, the job was demoed, rough wired and 100% plus ready for inspection.

Besides that one in CT, I just finished one in Hellertown, Pa. 1/2 done one in Chalfont, Pa and by next week another one is starting in New Freedom Pa.

I'm loving it, nothing better then being busy and making $$.

The one I'm doing in Ct is the first of 18 that is being built by that franchisee. He's already working on 2 otter locations he wants to get done by years end.
For those of you who don't know, I'm talking about Papa Johns Pizzas. I've been wiring their stores since 1998. Over 300 of them to date. From Maine to NC

Bad news however, my guy who has worked for me off and on for 8-9 years, told me he starts a new Job in North Dakota in 5 - 6 weeks. He got an offer he couldn't refuse. My loss big time, hardest working guy I've ever had working for me or that I've ever worked with.
I can't change his mind with $$ either, he needs to this for personal reasons mostly.

O well, I rambled on long enough.
 

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Glad to hear things are picking up Ken. My brother is an electrician and has found it rough going recently. To offset the down turn in electrical work he teamed up with my father , a retired refrigeration tech, and they are installing mini split heat pumps. A lot of the install is electrical and it is something to consider if you are looking to diversify. Heat pumps are really popular up here due to rising heating oil costs.
 

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I hope things keep moving for you. I know it is a good feeling to worry about being too busy!

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Sounds like you're defiantly pretty busy. A good sign the economy is turning around.
 

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Ken, I'm glad to hear you have plenty of work now. I hope you make lots of money to help in the slow times, if you have anymore. Thanks for letting us know how busy you are.
 

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Good to hear buddy.. I figured with you not responding on a few comments you musta been busy...

See ya around...
 

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Glad to hear you are busy and it's good to see you back here again Ken. :)

What is "rough wiring"? Is that just the wires without the switches, outlets, etc.?
Yes LD, that's what rough wiring is. All the wire in place and make up done, but no devices installed so the inspectors can see your work and ensure that the code is being followed. :)
 
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Glad to hear work has picked back up and you've got more on schedule.I wish you well in finding help from what I see of the new hires at work good help is truly hard to find. :wallbanging:
 

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Glad to hear work has picked back up and you've got more on schedule.I wish you well in finding help from what I see of the new hires at work good help is truly hard to find. :wallbanging:
:D Did you ask your boss if he thinks that also :poke: :smilewink:
 

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Thanks for the comments and encouragement. I got home early this evening, 7:30. Only a 12 hour day. : )

If I didn't have my 10 Y/O daughter with me, I would have worked later. My wife and son are on a week long Boy Scout camping trip in Va. Which was planned months ago. Or she would not have went with me being so busy. I kinda hate taking her to construction sites (no good language lessons) can be learned there. Lol
But because mostly every one we know works during the week so we have no one to watch her. That we trust anyway. So I have to take her.
The General Contractor that I get work form has all Polish guys, so I asked them to only curse in Polish when she's around. It's been ok, but I still pretty much have her stay in the van or outside reading or playing her games. One more "father & daughter" work day tomorrow, then the wife will be home.

Back to Hartford CT this weekend. Rough wiring passed inspection with flying colors. This weekend I plan to do a new 400 amp 3 phase service. Then I won't have to go back for 10-14 Days i hope.

Still lots of work closer to home in PA during the week.
 
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