The electrician in question (EQ) was brought in by a general contractor (GC) who was remodelling our kitchen. His first day at our house, while the GC is removing the old cabinets, I talked with EQ about what electrical tasks we'd discussed with GC:
Me: The refrigerator will be over here, so we need to move these lightswitches, preferably to the other side of the room.Not the most impressive of first encounters. EQ spends the rest of his time that day moving the lightswitches. He does entertain us with his rapier wit, however: "How do you turn a dishwasher into a snowblower? Give her a shovel! Yuk-yuk-yuk"
EQ: I don't know, [rattles off a bunch of objections]. How about if I just move them to the other side of this wall.
Me: That's fine. We'd like the ceiling light moved so that it'll be centered over the island.
EQ: OK, but I'll have to put a cover where the old fixture is. Have you thought about track lighting? [goes into a lengthy explanation of what track lighting is]
Me: I'll talk it over with my wife, but we'll probably want to stick with moving the fixture. Over here, we'd like undercabinet lighting installed.
EQ: I don't know, undercabinet lighting is a lot of work [rattles off another slew of objections]. But if you want to...
Me: [realizing that it probably isn't a good idea to have this guy do something he's not comfortable tackling]. That's okay, we'll skip that.