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ampman
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does any EC on here put verbage in their contracts about working on older eq. that if a lug breaks or a screw strips or even operating a disc. that breaks it will be repaired at extra cost. never got burned by this but have started adding it to my contracts
 

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Adding specific language like that would then require you to create an entire shopping list of every single possibility. It's better to use broader and more general language.
 

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Adding specific language like that would then require you to create an entire shopping list of every single possibility. It's better to use broader and more general language.
such as ?
 

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X2, i write it up as an extra. It is extra work IMO and i treat it as so, customer cannot expect you to lose time/money for unforeseen problems. I broke a lug off in a meter socket this spring when upgrading the wire from the meter socket to the dis-connect "meter socket was new and live, dis-connect was new", i charged the HO for a new meter socket but only removed the lug that i needed and installed it in the live socket. Yes it was unforeseen, NO i just couldnt buy the lug that day, NO i didnt over tighten the lug as it was installed by someone else, Yes i repaired the problem correctly. Now this repair took a good hour to do as i had to unhook my trailer, find a new meter socket in town, dismantle the socket and then repair, no way was i going to flip the bill. Sorry for the long response.
 

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X2, i write it up as an extra. It is extra work IMO and i treat it as so, customer cannot expect you to lose time/money for unforeseen problems. I broke a lug off in a meter socket this spring when upgrading the wire from the meter socket to the dis-connect "meter socket was new and live, dis-connect was new", i charged the HO for a new meter socket but only removed the lug that i needed and installed it in the live socket. Yes it was unforeseen, NO i just couldnt buy the lug that day, NO i didnt over tighten the lug as it was installed by someone else, Yes i repaired the problem correctly. Now this repair took a good hour to do as i had to unhook my trailer, find a new meter socket in town, dismantle the socket and then repair, no way was i going to flip the bill. Sorry for the long response.
i have had this happen to me as well and have allways been paid for the extra work but things are getting tight and i expect customers to start nitpicking
 

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"Not responsible for existing defects in the wiring system of the premises. "
Simple as that. A lug that easily breaks is an existing defect in my book, same goes for a ready to crack apart circuit breaker, or a disconnect that falls apart from rust when you open the cover. I extend that to surface finishes also when old houses come into play. I can squeeze my hand right thru some beams after the Formosan termites get done with them, and the door jambs turn to paper as well.
 
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