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X10 Zone => Contractor General Discussion => Topic started by: magoo12007 on July 01, 2008, 09:59:03 AM

Title: x10 installation laws
Post by: magoo12007 on July 01, 2008, 09:59:03 AM
I am looking into starting a part-time x10 business on selling and installing. I live in Texas, would i need a masters in electric to do work on some of the plugs and switches in households. Or who would I talk to about the requirements of electrical work in my state?

The subdivisions in my area are very nice and i think they would go for the hidden modules more over the visible ones.

Thanks, magoo12007

Title: Re: x10 installation laws
Post by: steven r on July 01, 2008, 11:21:35 AM
In addition to state laws, there maybe local laws also. Your local library may have these laws available for your viewing or at least know who to contact in your city to find out.
You may find a contact at your local Home Depot or Lowes that can give you an idea as to how strictly they are enforced. Best to be extremely cautious. Regardless of whether you did a prefect install or not you could still be liable if you haven't jumped through all the correct hoops. Even if not required, being bonded is a very good idea. It does more than just look good on a business card and is relatively cheap.

e.g. A photographer that made a business of photo documenting valuables in homes, would be crazy not to be bonded.
Title: Re: x10 installation laws
Post by: x10challanged on July 01, 2008, 06:26:34 PM
Hi Magoo,
Steven R is correct in his response.
I live in Texas and each city/county/municipality has it's own little special requirements for most modifications to homes within its taxing jurisdiction.  Most have online access to this information at their web sites others you will have to check with city hall or city planners.  The bonding is a very good idea and not very expensive.
Good luck with you new business if you can get it going