"I'm a Red Seal carpenter and I'm not permitted to wire a house… Why is it OK for an electrician to build a house?"
I'm not saying they don't have the skill (to frame a house) but it sure seems like a lopsided situation.
By Steve Payne
Lee Boland of Inside/Out Construction in Ottawa copied us on this email that he has fired off to B.C.’s Safety Authority…
“A question that has bugged me for a long time…
As a Red Seal carpenter of 30 years’ experience, I’m not permitted to wire a house – even though I have over time gained the skills to do so. Fair enough, it’s about safety and (electrical) is not my field of expertise.
Having said that, why is it ok for an electrician (or anybody for that matter) to build an entire house? I’m not saying they don’t have the skill but it sure seems like a lopsided situation.
Get a house wrong and there’s a huge safety issues to deal with. (Building inspectors do not see everything!)
Not only does it cut into my bottom line when any Joe blow can build their own sheds, decks, houses, etc., at some point it would have to be an insurance issue. “Not built by a qualified tradesman and it fell down. Sorry, no coverage.”
I’m constantly having to compete on price with people that just grabbed a tool belt at the local hardware store, while electricians and plumbers can sit back at rates at least 50 per cent higher than mine. They only have to compete with other qualified tradespeople.
Some sort of answer other than “Thats just the way it is” would be appreciated.”