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Hi everyone,

In February of 2009, I had some electrical work done by a local electrician, Wayne St. Louis. He did outstanding work and recently I tried to contact him again using the number I had, but can’t seem to find him. Does anyone know if he’s still around or have a new contact number for him? Thanks so much.


I know that Arc-Fault circuit breakers are required for newly-built bedrooms.

My question is are they now required for KITCHEN (recessed) lighting too?

I was told that New York City was not requiring this up until a couple of months ago, but I cannot find any info if it’s true or not.

Anyone know?


I would like to recommend a very good and well priced electrician, Sal from L&B Electric, that we used to do a ground up electrical job for our gut reno of a 5 storey 2 family brownstone, including getting coned service, radiant heat, hvac etc.
Here’s his contact.
(718) 431-0565

We took a long time interviewing local electricians and getting quotes for our project. Sal was straightforward, responsive, willing to accomodate and gave us a very reasonable quote.

When I asked him if he had done a project of this size he told me about the much larger apartment buildings and homes that he typically does.

We are currently at the tail end of our project and his work has been terrific, took our change orders in stride and did a lot of extra work. Always smiling, he made suggestions that were very helpful and went well beyond our expectations.

If one of his employees installed a box that we subsequently wished to move, he did it without charging us.

He has been very responsive and reliable and I would be happy to recommend him.


So I bought a 2family investment property which didn’t look like it had anything done in the past 20years or so. Hired a licensed electrician to just setup 3meters (one public) (vs 2) and up the service to 100amps. I was told that the inspector only looks at what was actually “touched” everything else is grandfathered in. The inspector was only in the basement and said everyhting looks good, next thing I know I get a violation that says electrical wiring defective/exposed in progress. Can they do this? All of the stuff in the basement is like 30years old – it’s very evident – how can I get a violation on this?

Does anyone know what can be done – I don’t have the budget to spend $20k re-wiring the entire house.


curious to know if the estimate i received is too high or about right.
building a stand-alone garage in the backyard, and need electricity for it. assuming electrician would run it from my breaker in the house basement.

he’s given me an estimate of $2500.
it seems high, but i really don’t know all intricacies involved.

any opinions?


Looking for a good local electrician who can handle jobs like washer/dryer hookup, running an exterior line, revamping an old gas overhead fixture, etc. I have an old brownstone with old and some new wiring. I got M&N off the Brownstoner directory but wondering if anyone has any others or any reviews about M&N?


I’m a complete novice about electrical so I am hoping someone can help a newb. I never thought about power in my prewar co-op until I nearly blew a fuse a couple of days ago and now I am worried I don’t have enough amperage or voltage for my gas Bertazzoni stove, which is being delivered tomorrow.
The manual says, “This unit is manufactured for a polarized,
grounded 120 volt/60 Hz, 16 amp system.
Electric power consumption is about 150 W.
The minimum of 102 VAC is required for proper
operation of gas ignition systems.”

My fuse box has 4 15 amps fuses, 1 30 amp fuse and 1 20 amp fuse. How do I know if I will have enough power going to the stove outlet? Will all of the 15 amp fuses be inadequate? Please chime in if you know and thanks tons.


Hi, I’m going to be rewiring my newly-bought 3-family house and currently have 3 electric meters. I plan to live in one of the units, but may move out eventually and rent out all 3 units. What are the pros and cons of adding an additional meter for the common areas? If I don’t add it, will my unit be charged as non-residential? Is there an additional cost to having a PLP meter, given that I do intend to live here for a while. Or should I wiring the common areas into my unit, but make it easy to separate and add the PLP later.