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I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this post, but I'm looking for a referral for a good, reliable, professional installer/electrician in the Washington DC metro area to install my plasma, components and speakers. I also need an outlet moved and a cable outlet installed. I know this is a DIY forum...but this is one area where I know I need professional help! All the stores (i.e. Tweeter) want an arm and a leg to install...thanks
 

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"All the stores (i.e. Tweeter) want an arm and a leg to install."


What makes you think people in here will not ask for more? Are you placing bid wars on the internet? Not a sure fire way to get a "good, reliable, professional installer/electrician". Maybe you should pay the higher price they offer as opposed to some handyman off the street (how would you know?). It might save you a horror story.
 

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What makes you think people in here will not ask for more? Are you placing bid wars on the internet? Not a sure fire way to get a "good, reliable, professional installer/electrician". Maybe you should pay the higher price they offer as opposed to some handyman off the street (how would you know?). It might save you a horror story.
Why are you knocking him for looking for a referral? He didn't ask for someone "in here". He asked for a referral. With so many people in this forum accross the country with custom installations, this is an excellent, if not the best place to ask for a referral. (don't know if it's within forum rules) And it's likely that an individual or local A/V shop could do a better job than a major chain. Good luck Mike.
 

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I appreciate everyone's advice and I have to agree wit Braveheart, what better place to find a referral than here? I don't think it's against any rules, I mean, what's the difference between suggesting that I buy a Panasonic rather than a Sony and suggesting that I ask Bill to do my install instead of Bob? I don't have a problem paying good money for good work, it's just that I want to be sure I get good work, and that's why I posted here. I'm just hoping someone in the DC area had a good experience with an installer and could refer me, that's all.
 

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I own a small electrical contracting co in Arlington VA. We avoid working in DC because of the hassles. The bigger problem is that what you really need is two different contractors. Electrical to do the electrical and a video store to do that. We do run speaker wires and set up second and third zone music areas but that's only because I a music guy and do the installs myself. Fishing speaker wire and electrical wire go hand in hand. I would never do video work. Don't trust the video guys to do the electrical unless they send out a licensed electrical contractor! There are too many hacks out there, and too many jack of all trades , master of none.
 

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To all: this was the kind of reply I was looking for -


To save cash find a sub-contractor. Any high-volt work will be more. Try www.lsdinc.com for trustworthy, experienced installers, (look for the "installer's corner"). Also try www.cedia.net and enter the DC area search most of the installers affiliated with CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) know their stuff and have received lecture and hands-on training specific to todays structured cabling prewiring and custom and difficult retrowiring and they own the advanced specialty tools required for a clean install. There is another source called Installer.com for the site search it on www.crutchfield.com



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