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Doing Electrical Work for Your Home Remodel or Addition: An Interview with Marc Pedersen of Superior Electric Company, Inc.

By Marc Pedersen

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Superior Electric Company, Inc. is a family-owned and operated electrical contracting business that has been serving the Tampa Bay area since 1959. We specialize in new home construction and remodeling but will tackle everything from the smallest of service calls to light commercial work.

What are a few of the most common electrical services that homeowners need during a renovation project or addition?

Local building and electrical codes play a huge role in determining your electrical needs during any addition or renovation project. A certified electrical contractor will be familiar with these codes and will guide you through the obstacles.

When is usually the best time to do electrical work on a remodel or addition?

The best time to do electrical work on a remodel or addition can vary depending on the job. In most cases your electrical contractor will work in two stages, a rough-in stage and a trim-out stage. The rough-in is typically completed after your plumber and A/C subcontractors have done their part but before the drywall goes up. This is when the wire can easily be run and the boxes that hold electrical devices can be put in place. Once the drywall is up your electrical contractor will be limited to the work they can do without damaging the drywall. At the trim-out stage, your contractor will install the devices, plates and fixtures to finish out the electrical portion of your project.

Are there any special permits or considerations for electrical changes that are necessary?

The need for permits or special considerations when making an electrical change in your home depends greatly on your particular area and the nature of the project you are planning. For the most part you can make simple additions to your electrical system (i.e., adding lighting or a ceiling fan) without a permit; however, a licensed contractor would still need to work within the local code constraints. As a rule of thumb, if you are working under a general building permit or if you are interrupting electrical service to the home it is likely that you will need an electrical permit. And if you're not sure if you'll need a permit then a call to your area's building department will typically get you that answer.

What is one of the biggest challenges with electrical work that comes up during a home remodel or addition?

Determining the locations for certain fixtures or devices such as outlets or switches can be a serious challenge. Since most of your electrician's work is buried behind drywall, everything from the appliances that are selected to the type of wall coverings or cabinets that you pick can affect where these devices can go. Most people seriously underestimate what it can mean to move electrical work even a small distance. Keeping your electrical contractor in the loop with any plan or specification changes before committing them will help you to make informed and cost effective decisions.

Do you have any tips for homeowners about getting the electrical work done for their remodel or new addition?

Mistakes where your electrical work is concerned may not only be costly but may also be very dangerous. Do your homework and find an electrical contractor that has a current license and an excellent reputation for completing the type of work you're wanting done. Once you've found that contractor they should be able to easily guide you through the intricacies of electrical work.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

info@superiorelectrictampa.com
(813) 935-2117
803 W. Waters Ave
Tampa, FL 33604

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