Frequently Asked Questions
Do you handle data-comm wiring? Like Internet, cable, phones, etc?
Absolutely. We can also troubleshoot your data-comm wiring if you are having a problem.
How much do you charge for work?
That, of course, depends on the job. As a general rule, however, if we are working on a time & materials basis we bill our time at $150 per person-hour. We also are happy to give a hard-and-fast bid price for a project.
What's the best lunch spot in the Bay Area?
Now you’re talking. Any contractor worth his or her salt has a go-to spot in just about every area. However, if you want our current “most favorite,” we’d tell you to head over to Lava Pit in Orinda. If only they hadn’t gotten rid of the mac-tato salad.
Which areas of the Bay Area do you work in?
In general, we service most parts of the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco. Basically, wherever we can find a place to park our truck. If one of our favorite lunch spots happens to be close by, so much the better. For more info, see Service Area.
Do you do commercial work?
Our primary focus is on all aspects of residential wiring, but we do handle light commercial work as well.
Can you recommend any good contractors?
Yes, we can. Check out our recommendations for landscapers, general contractors, plumbers, etc.
Are you guys really Amish?
Nope. We're from Holland originally, but — pub trivia quiz fact — the Pennsylvania Dutch have nothing to do with the actual Dutch.
However, the Amish do stand for high-quality workmanship and we like to think we live up to that standard.
So what's with the name "Fighting Amish"?
In 1687, a ship loaded with treasures from the new world set a course for Spain only to disappear with all hands on board. It never reached its destination. It has always been believed that ship went to the bottom with all its bounty, but in 1983 a doubloon from that treasure trove turned up in a hay loft in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. That discovery set off a …. Oh, never mind, you’ll have to ask us in person how we came up with the name. It’s just better told in person.
Do you install those Amish heaters?
Do you offer free estimates?
Certainly. Give us a call or drop us a line. We are always happy to come and take a look at your project, discuss different options with you, and provide you a cost breakdown of those options. We're even happier when, after receiving our estimate, you feel like hiring us — but hey — who wouldn’t be?
Still won't give up any details on that Fighting Amish name?
Wow, persistent. Okay, here it is: in the 11th century, a knight was returning from the crusades when he was set upon by a band of robbers. Fearing for his safety he … nah, you’re just going to have to call.