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Please help: Need a recommended electrican in the Denver area

Discussion in 'Mountain/Southwest' started by MorrisonHiker, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. MorrisonHiker

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    Can anyone in the Denver area recommend an electrician for upgrading the electrical in my garage? I've been trying for over 3 months and am not having any luck so far.

    The first electrician came out and charged a trip fee and an hourly fee, so no free estimate. The main purpose of the trip was to get an estimate on upgrading the subpanel in the garage and adding two 14-50 outlets. While he was there, we asked him about a few other projects around the house and he was unable to do 3 out of 5 requests. $400 later, we had only had one new 5-20 outlet installed (for a light in the garage) and a new wire run to an existing switch. We waited weeks to for an estimate and he finally replied that it would be $5000 to upgrade the panel/subpanel and $2000 to install two chargers. As I've mentioned in other posts, we never asked him to install chargers. We asked for two 14-50 outlets. $7000 seems outrageous, especially considering it was for work that we didn't ask to have done.

    Feeling frustrated and shocked by that estimate, we contacted the local Tesla Gallery in Lone Tree, CO. They said they would send us a list of electricians in the area. The email never came. We called back two or three times and reminded them of our request. Still no email.

    Tesla then launched their "recommended electricians" page and we tried contacting them. After 4 attempts (three via website and one phone call), we finally were able to schedule an appointment for an estimate. They came out and I thought things were going to be great. The owner seemed to understand exactly what we were asking for and suggested ways of cutting costs. I was optimistic that this would be the guy to go with. They said they'd have an estimate back to us within three days. They never sent an estimate. After a week, I emailed them. No response. Another week went by so we called and left voice mails. No response. A few more days went by so we called again. They said the "estimator" was out and they'd get back to us on Monday. Monday came and went and still no estimate. We called again on Tuesday and they said we'd have something to us today. I'm not holding my breath but tomorrow marks 3 weeks since they came out to the house and we still have no estimate from a Tesla recommended electrician.

    It's a simple enough job and we're probably going to spend thousands of dollars on this electrical upgrade. We have been polite and courteous with every inquiry we've made so I don't understand why it's so hard to even get an estimate or even to have our calls returned.

    If anyone can provide the name of an electrician in the Denver area that you can recommend, please do. If I ever get my electrical upgraded, I will let you know which electrician I decided to go with...and which ones I did not choose.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Barry

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    I used Current Electric and was pleased with price and service. 303-373-1715.
     
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    SunDog is coming out tomorrow to take a look. They said they are backed up a month but at least they are coming out right away to check things out. Hopefully they get back quickly with the estimate.
     
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    We called Current Electric but they are taking a few days off for Father's Day. Hopefully we'll hear back from them early next week.
     
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    Sweet. Hopefully he works out for you.
     
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    I used Greiner Electric, and they did a great job, and were able to come out pretty quickly and set it up.
     
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    Thanks. I'll give Greiner a call and set something up. I would've called them sooner but their site made it look like they did more commercial than residential.

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    SunDog came out on Friday and sent me an estimate over the weekend. Amazing response time compared to the other electrician who still never called me back with an estimate.
     
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    Hopefully it was a decent estimate. Glad to see their response time hasn't gotten lax since I last used them.
     
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    We do have a couple questions/concerns about it (such as the use of aluminum instead of copper, the type of conduit, etc.). We'll give them another call to see if they can answer our questions and update the estimate.
     
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    I've used a guy who I would recommend. Lives in Highlands Ranch.
    Robert Liesener
    303-681-4515

    He did my basement remodel. Knows the code. Licensed electrician.
    He works for DCSD, so this would be a side job for him and cost would not be much.
     
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    Thanks for the offer. I will send you a PM so we can arrange a time.
     
  13. Armadillos

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    Works for me!
     
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    How long did it take for Greiner to get back with you? After your recommendation, they came out and promised a quote within 3 days. That was 13 days ago...

    I was going to ask when I could stop by to check out the work that they did for you but it looks like they don't want my business.
     
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    Well what do you know? 14 days later and I got a quote! Yay! Looks like I can finally get my 14-50s installed!
     
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    I have to call them to get them to provide the quote, but once they did that, it was pretty smooth sailing.
     
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    I'm happy to report that I finally got my garage electrical upgraded and got two 14-50 outlets installed over the past two days. I ended up going with Greiner. Now I just need a Tesla or two to plug into them!
     
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    How did the install go?
     

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