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Old 02-22-2018, 10:26 AM   #1
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Work On Unpermitted Structure

A homeowner wants solar on an unpermitted unit behind his house. He is a general contractor himself and understands the risks and at this point claims to accept all responsibility.

Everything looks safe, but basically nothing would even be permittable, there would be code violations, and the utility would not like it if they knew. The owner knows all this and wants to do it.

Would you do it?

I'm thinking not, but maybe, And maybe thinking of telling the owner (a contractor) that he could pay me as an employee on payroll with deductions and everything for the time on the job, thinking that that would completely make it his responsibility and have nothing to do with my license.
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Old 02-22-2018, 10:40 AM   #2
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Re: Work On Unpermitted Structure

not only no, but hell no

would he risk his license for you?

he claims he will accept responsibility, but how will that look? a contract would be unenforceable,

and their are code violations? utility company wouldn't like it? not like you would ever have to work with the utility company or an electrical inspector in the future as a solar and electrical contractor

no, no, no


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Too risky, Id turn it down and move on. unpermitted work has a unique way of coming back to haunt you.
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Old 02-22-2018, 11:04 AM   #4
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Why risk your livelihood to save this crumb-bum a few bucks?

Tell him to shove off. Let some unlicensed hack from Craigslist do it.
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Thanks. I'm always looking for ways to say yes when I shouldn't and it has come back to haunt me more than once.
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:12 AM   #6
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how do you install solar without a permit??? out here, if you disconnect service, you get a phone call!!! and more than that how will you explain unused power going back to the utilities company?
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If you go forward with this, buy a nice pillow for your head to rest on, that way when this guys throws you under the bus it will be more comfortable.


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