Electrical Wiring in the Home/Outside breaker box


Im a handyman doing handywork for a client. He asked me to re-attach an electrical box. Its not the meter but pretty sure its the main. (From the pole)
1) what should i charge?
2)Am i in danger? ( other then obvious)
3) should i even attempt?
4) is it worth it?

Robert Wilber
Philadelphia Licensed Electrician
Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765
Electricity is dangerous!
You can be injured or killed!
Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death!
Are you qualified to do this work?
National Electrical Code definition, NFPA 70 2008 Article 100: Qualified Person. "One who has skills and knowledge related to the construction and operation of the electrical equipment and installations and has received safety training to recognize and avoid the hazards involved."
Electricity is fire in a box, death on a leash!
Always check with the local “Authority Having Jurisdiction” for an official interpretation before making installation decisions.
In Philadelphia, it is unlawful for anyone except an individual licensed by the City of Philadelphia to install electrical equipment and wiring.
Homeowners are not allowed to install wiring.
The owner of any property wherein any such installation is discovered shall be issued a violation by the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
The limited exceptions include replacing devices and fixtures at existing outlets.
Contact the Department of Licenses and Inspections for more information.
You are more likely to be killed by 120 volts than any other voltage [120 volts creates the PERFECT fatal current through the human body's electrical resistance!]
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) [downloadable GFI safety pdf]
This information is provided for the use of parties as they see fit!
I am not responsible for the application of this information by any party, including those lacking sufficient skill or knowledge to perform these steps safely and any hazard created is the SOLE responsibility of the user.
Sorry for the delay in answering.
You have probably made your decision already and either taken the risk to fix this or walked away. I will answer your questions anyway, in case someone else wonders.
1] What should you charge? You don't plan to do it for free and won't get enough to retire. You can't charge what a trained electrician would charge. What is your time worth?
2] Are you in danger? Frankly, if you don't know the answer to that then you really shouldn't be doing this, should you? In general, if you cannot de-energize what you are working on, rendering it completely inert, you are always in danger.
3] Should you even attempt it? That is always the technician's decision based on conditions. If I were your employer, aware of your lack of knowledge and training, I wouldn't let you do the work.
4] Is it worth it? I suppose it is only worth a few dollars for you if you do it. Considering that you might cause an arc blast and end up in a burn ward, electrocute yourself or create a condition that damages the property [which you probably don't have insurance coverage to offset]I would suggest that it probably isn't
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Robert Wilber


Licensed Philadelphia electrician serving Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania. I install and repair residential, commercial and industrial wiring and lighting. Troubleshooting and repair of problems that stump other people is my favorite. I am willing to help people figure out why things don`t work. I understand motor controls, transformers and machine wiring. I do not teach basics to novices or do free design work.


Experience in the area I have 44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair, 480 volts and below. This is not to be confused with one week repeated two thousand times.

44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair

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