Steve, I would call the electrical inspector myself, all inspectors in Houston will talk to all trades, and there all pretty nice and informative guys. I just did a job on an existing home "small remodel" and the electrician picked the place apart to the sum of $3500.00 for such things as the panel box was not level. I know things are tough out there for a lot of folks, but this kind of stuff is highway robbery. The HO found another sparky to do the upgrades he needed for $1200.00.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards". -Vernon Law-
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