Ran a whole new 100 amp line from house to shop, wired a kiln, replaced an outlet for a cooking range.
This electrical project started out simple and ended up being quite doozy. I initially contacted Shocking Difference to wire my pottery kiln in my shop/studio. Darrell (the owner) gave me a quote and expressed some concern about a few issues in the existing electrical panel in the shop, but didn't think they'd be too much of a problem. So, my husband and I waited a few months to budget for the repairs, then had Shocking Difference install the kiln. The electricians who came were professional, on time, and worked quickly. There was an issue with the outlet being installed upside down for the plug on my kiln, but when I called and spoke with Winona, she sent someone out right away to fix it.
The only thing that I didn't quite understand was the part about the permit needed for the kiln, so I was a little surprised when I was told that the work would need to be inspected. Anyway, the day the inspector came he failed the work performed because of other issues in the panel and because he said the line running from my house to the shop was undersized and had a few issues. Because of the issues the inspector found, I was told that the electricians would need to fix the work by either a) cutting all the electricity to the shop completely since it was improperly done by the previous home owners or b) running an entire new line from the house to the shop that was the correct size. Obviously, I was pretty upset when I found that out. My husband and I are young marrieds with small children, we just bought our first home, and I'm trying to start my own business. We definitely didn't have room in our budget to install a whole new line to the shop, and at the same time, my business was dependent on having electricity in the shop. When I was able to contact Shocking Difference about my concerns, Darrell returned to speak with me in person, which I really appreciated. I felt like he was equally frustrated with what had happened and he was determined to make it right. He gave me a quote for running a new line to the shop that was really, really reasonable--he was willing to eat a significant portion of the cost to make it right for us. We agreed to have the work done and the next day the guys came with a trencher to dig a ditch for the new line. To make a long story short, my house is somehow cursed or something because it took them roughly 2 weeks to dig the trench using a trencher, pick ax, shovels, you name it. They took out an internet cable and a drainage pipe (both of which they repaired fully at no cost), and I could tell that this project was obviously not quite as easy as Darrell probably anticipated. The electricians who came to work on the project (I can think of at least 4 or 5 different guys that were here working--at one point, all of them at the same time) were all upbeat, kind, and professional. Winona, Darrell's wife, who I spoke with numerous times during the project, was helpful, returned my phone calls in a timely manner, and kept me updated on what was going on. Finally, after A LOT of hard work (and patience), the wiring was complete. The inspector returned, approved the new line, and now I'm just working on filling in that 130 foot long ditch myself (and with every shovel full, I am so thankful I'm filling the ditch, not digging it!). I'm sure Shocking Difference didn't make a big profit on this project, but they did a great job, and I would use them again if they would ever be willing to set foot in my electrically-cursed house again. :) Thank you Winona, Darrell, Joe, and all the other men who probably have back aches from digging that ditch. I really appreciate all your hard work!!
-Katie E. in Olympia WA