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About My Oakland Electrician

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We offer 24-hour electrical service in Oakland, CA, 94612, and the East Bay area. We service Berkeley, Oakland, Orinda and Alameda.

We are an Oakland electrician providing electrical services to homes, businesses, commercial and industrial customers since 1983. We do electrical installations, maintenance, repairs and troubleshooting. We offer up-front service and pricing.

We are available and open weekdays, after hours, nights, weekends, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays for emergency electrical service.

Pay by credit card. We are an electrician that accepts credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal, and ATMs also!

Our services cover indoor lighting, outdoor lighting, security lighting, automated lighting controls, new construction and remodeling, service changes and upgrades, electrical design planning, construction, troubleshooting, repairs, maintenance, and referrals.

We are electricians in Oakland.


1714 Franklin St , #100143
Oakland, CA 94612

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Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Most jobs are short order troublehooting and repairs to various electrical systems in all types of buildings. We do a lot of after hours emergency service calls. Many of these are small jobs under $500 to restore electrical operation and additional work or advised enhancements are quoted once your electrical system has been evaluated.

Many of our regular customers are commercial property owners and managers that know they can call and their problems will be solved. I get to know their buildings well and keep the owners out of trouble with their tennants or customers.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. There's a saying in the industry: "Watts is watts"

Watts are a measure of electricity consumed, or delivered,
or in motion traveling through wire. Every piece of electrical equipment you plug in or turn on puts watts in motion through the wire getting the job done.

PG&E is selling you watts, that's what they are measuring to calculate your bill.

There is a limit to how many watts you can run through a wire, or a fuse, or a circuit breaker, or an extension cord, or through the wires hidden in walls.

You can't just keep on plugging or turning on more and more stuff without assessing the capability of an electrical system because it is easy to overload your wiring unintentionally and cause dangerous overheating of your wiring.

If a fuse is blowing or a circuit breaker is tripping there is a reason for that and it is an indication of a problem that needs to be resolved for the sake of safety.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. What is it that a customer actually wants to accomplish and what is their budget. If you can't answer the question then the customer request may be too vague to offer a price quote.

These electrical jobs encompass many variables that affect the end cost. The scope of work needs to be well defined. The customer may not be able to articulate all the details and they should not be expected to.

If a customer has only a general idea of what they want or they saw something somewhere that they liked, the customer should be willing to commit to some advance design and planning, and be willing to pay for the consultation.

I can provide a consutation and design work that they can shop around town for quotes, that's ok but there is a distinction to made between free estimates and design work.

An educated and well advised customer will save money in the end and be pleased with the final product.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I would not say "proud", rather I'd say just happy to be a part of the ongoing project. I substantially rewired and electrically modernized a large historic building of architectural prominence in the East Bay.

I am regularly working clients there that are easy to get along, engineers and owners that demand a high grade of service given their position of protecting the building and it's character.

People come from all over the world and want to get in the building on a right now basis without an appointment and I have to turn them away because I have work to do and I am not the owner. It's a beautiful place but I can't be giving unauthorized tours while I have work to do.

The project has led to additional referrals to new clientele.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. Energy efficient products are more and available. People are still using light bulbs that are essentially the same as they were designed in the 1800s for example. Even the CFL replacement fluorescent light bulbs are obsolete by today's standards in LED lighting.

Automated controls for lighting and environmental air. Some of the products are just silly gadgets and some of them can seriously reduce energy costs.

Electric transportation: No one talks about the demand all those vehicles will place on "the grid" in much of the public discourse. Substantial conversion to battery powered cars in huge numbers requires major work to the electricity delivery infrastructure.

Rechargeable battery operated cars? I'll bet you can't keep your smart phone powered up all day!

Solar energy to electricity is clearly appropriate but few people understand the costs involved with the conversion. These changes are not going to happen over night. When you consider off grid power generation to live on and compare that to your utility bill you realize how efficiently and yes, inexpensively, the utility companies deliver electric power on demand.

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