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I desperately need a new electrical service. Someone told me I needed to replace my panel; it was wet and sparking inside. I called several electricians and they all tried to RIP ME OFF. One of them wanted $1500 for the job. I checked Home Depot and saw that the panel was well under $150 with several breakers. The meter box was under $50 and how much could the wire cost. I could do it myself, but I don't know how, and anyway, it's a pretty straightforward job for the right person. I figure it's tops 4 or 5 hours and I am even willing to add an extra hour in, just in case. So, I figure, with the material, the job is worth $500, tops. I'm offering $550. If you work for an electrician and need a side job, this one seems like a good deal. I would like a few references, just to make sure you know what you're doing, and once we set up a time, I expect you to be prompt, and ready to work; e-mail for details. Would help if you have license and insurance, just in case you know.

This came off of Philly's Craigslist (labor section).
 

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you know what is really scary is, he will probably find some guy that learned from watching hgtv. and either A. his house will burn down or B someone will get killed. both A and B also include his breakers constantly popping or no power.
 

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I think $1500 is about the low end for a service panel, at least in my area, especially one that's takin' on water . . . :laughing:
 

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I think $1500 is about the low end for a service panel, at least in my area, especially one that's takin' on water . . . :laughing:
$1200-1600 is about average around here - IF they simply swap out boxes and a new feed. Upwards of $2k if re-wiring is needed.
 

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I think there's a paragraph missing there:

I want to pay you for your material and that is all. You will work for free, and drive here a couple times and not charge me for gas & other auto expenses. Oh, and I won't pay anything for your license I'm requiring you to have, and you can't charge me extra because you have insurance perimums. And since I have verified you know what you're doing, that means you've paid for an education, but I'm not willing to reimburse you for any of that expense. I also expect you to obtain a permit out of your own pocket, as well as coordinate the new service with the power utility. Oh, yeah, you'll need to use some tools.... some are rather low-cost, and some are rather expensive, but paying for them is your problem, not mine. And since you're on a computer hooked to the internet, you also have the expense of purchasing your computer and ISP, but I don't care about that cost. And I want a totally free 10-year warranty which will be financed by you and you alone. My check will bounce, but the $40 overdraft fee and $30 returned-check costs from your bank is your problem. Then you'll need to hire a lawyer to sue me, but that's a business expense I'm not willing to bear. When the dust settles, I'l have a nice, fancy electrical service and you're living under a bridge while I tell everyone what a hack you are. Oh, and the IRS will want their cut of what I pay you, as well as our state, but screw you.... I'm a cheap bastard.
 

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I think there's a paragraph missing there:

I want to pay you for your material and that is all. You will work for free, and drive here a couple times and not charge me for gas & other auto expenses. Oh, and I won't pay anything for your license I'm requiring you to have, and you can't charge me extra because you have insurance perimums. And since I assume you have verified you know what you're doing, that means you've paid for an education, but I'm not willing to reimburse you for any of that expense. I also expect you to obtain a permit out of your own pocket, as well as coordinate the new service with the power utility. Oh, yeah, you'll need to use some tools.... some are rather low-cost, and some are rather expensive, but paying for them is your problem, not mine. And since you're on a computer hooked to the internet, you also have the expense of purchasing your computer and ISP, but I don't care about that cost. And I want a totally free 10-year warranty which will be financed by you and you alone. My check will bounce, but the $40 overdraft fee and $30 returned-check costs from your bank is your problem. Then you'll need to hire a lawyer to sue me, but that's a business expense I'm not willing to bear. Oh, and the IRS will want their cut of what I pay you, as well as our state, but screw you.... I'm a cheap bastard.
Thanks for helping me out. I must have missed that part of the ad! :laughing:
 

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Thanks for helping me out. I must have missed that part of the ad! :laughing:

Let's try searching for a doctor:

I desperately need a new heart valve. Someone told me I needed to replace my right ventricular valve; it was weak and not closing. I called several surgeons and they all tried to RIP ME OFF. One of them wanted $75000 for the job. I checked Home Depot and saw that a valve was well under $10 with a nice plastic handle. The clear plastic tubing was under $5 and how much could the stitches cost. I could do it myself, but I don't know how, and anyway, it's a pretty straightforward job for the right person. I figure it's tops 4 or 5 hours and I am even willing to add an extra hour in, just in case. So, I figure, with the material, the job is worth $1000, tops. I'm offering $1200. If you work for a hospital and need a side job, this one seems like a good deal. I would like a few references (preferably from your patients who lived), just to make sure you know what you're doing, and once we set up a time, I expect you to be prompt, and ready to work; e-mail for details. Would help if you have license and insurance, just in case you know.
 
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Let's try searching for a doctor:

I desperately need a new heart valve. Someone told me I needed to replace my right ventricular valve; it was weak and not closing. I called several surgeons and they all tried to RIP ME OFF. One of them wanted $75000 for the job. I checked Home Depot and saw that a valve was well under $10 with a nice plastic handle. The clear plastic tubing was under $5 and how much could the stitches cost. I could do it myself, but I don't know how, and anyway, it's a pretty straightforward job for the right person. I figure it's tops 4 or 5 hours and I am even willing to add an extra hour in, just in case. So, I figure, with the material, the job is worth $1000, tops. I'm offering $1200. If you work for a hospital and need a side job, this one seems like a good deal. I would like a few references (preferably from your patients who lived), just to make sure you know what you're doing, and once we set up a time, I expect you to be prompt, and ready to work; e-mail for details. Would help if you have license and insurance, just in case you know.
Best laugh of the day, thanks for that. You know, if this whole electrical thing doesn't pan out for you, try comedy....
 

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I desperately need a new electrical service. Someone told me I needed to replace my panel; it was wet and sparking inside

Wet I could go for, sparking inside? Someone is full of chit.
 

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I hope you responded to this guy I can think of some great ones but I think I would lead him along right to the point where I say F%^K you ya CHEAP MOTHER. BLAH BLAH
 

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I could do it myself, but I don't know how
This is the line that caused coffee to come out of my nose. :laughing:
 

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i seen this same ad on there and laughed my ass off, what a joke. i dont even respond to ads anymore looking for side work its a waste of time.
 
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