Originally Posted by cboy
I live in a rural/remote area that is somewhat similar. When I built our house a few years ago (2001) the home owner was even allowed to hang their own meter base and wire it to the main box. In fact, the local power company, Wisconsin Public Service, provided DIYers with a very well written and illustrated guide for doing it. WPS would then come out and look over your installation and breaker box to insure it was all up to snuff and then they would install the meter and throw the main power switch out by the road.
I also wired the entire house including running 220 service to my shop, some 150 feet away.
This is now changing, however. Within the past couple years Electrical contractors have used their clout to pass regulations requiring licenced electricians on ALL new construction in Wisconsin. No licensed electrician, no permit. This was done following a successful maneuver by the Plumbing Contractors a few years earlier which took the same action...requiring a licenced plumber to get a building permit.
Mind you, these changes in the permitting process were not made based on public outcry over homeowners blowing themselves up due to poor plumbing or burning themselves down because of poor electrical circuits. They were made exclusively at the insistence of the plumbing and electrical contractors who appear to be the only beneficiaries of the action.
Don't misunderstand. I have nothing against effective building codes to insure the health and safety of building occupants. I support them 100%. But if the DIYer can match the work of a licensed electrician to the point where it will pass inspection, then I see these sorts of rules as nothing more than a government orchestrated monopoly, a mechanism for eliminating true competition, and another major contributor to the high cost of housing.
CBOY this is happening everywhere.............and you are correct it's for the money. Had old friend that I worked with many years ago tell me "If you want to know the answer as to why something is done the way it is....just follow the money" simply what money is lining who's pockets. My son is a tile contractor and was hired by the owner of condo apartment to replace all of the tile in the apt .Now this apt was in a high rise condo building on the Gulf in the city of Orange Beach ,AL. My son goes down there the first week of Dec last year,goes in and starts demolition and management of the condo shows up and stops them from working says they can't work in this condo unless they have a contractors license from the city of Orange Beach. My son told them that he had a contractors license from the county and from the state of Alabama, he was told ....now get this "They did not recognize any license from any where but Orange Beach" well my son just about blew a gasket..........to make a long story short ,it toke him 4 days to get license, at a cost of 350 bucks,he never heard another word out of these people,no one ever came there to do any inspection. My son found out later that the same thing had happened to other tradesmen there and was told that the whole thing was because of the plumbers not getting work in the area.
I went down there to recut the floor shoe molding and attach it to the wall and while I was waiting on him to get parts of the floor done ,I looked at the wiring that went to the appliances in the kitchen, I could not believe the way some of the wall receptacles were wired , I am a retired aircraft electrician so I know something about wiring ,now I know there is a big difference in aircraft wiring and home wiring no comparison ,but I had a hard time believing a licensed electrician (or a apprentice electrician ) had wired something so crappy . All it showed me was,just because you have a license it does't mean that you can do the job that you have the license for,but you could pass the test.