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Some people, specifically with regard to rooms in the front of their house, want receptacles under windows so that they are able to install decorative lighting without using extension cords. Even though the National Electrical Code has a “six foot rule” – meaning that there is a twelve foot maximum distance between receptacles – that may not be enough. One of the things that I do not want to see is that you end up with an inadequate number of receptacles, forcing you to use those hideous and unsafe extension cords. I also work with you to take into consideration what you are going to use different receptacles for. Are they going to be general use receptacles or will they require separate circuits because they are going to be used for specific purposes such as window air-conditioning or electronic devices that require surge protection? All of this is best determined before starting a job.

Before I begin a job, I work closely with my customers to determine the colors and styles of the plates and fixtures they want to use. When I started in the eighties, a high percentage of décor was ivory. Soon after, white became more popular. Now people use multiple colors and styles. As the electrician, I need to know this information up front so I can give you a true estimate of the total expense, and you don’t get hit with any hidden costs.