My neighbor lady; lives alone and has some medical issues which keeps her from doing anything physical around the house. My wife and I help her as much as possible. Two nights ago her power went out. I checked all the fuses and couldn't find anything obvious. Told her to call the electric company to see if it was on their end (she's on a different box than us.). They came out told her she needed to upgrade her main box and master fuses as they were too old. The houses in this area are vintage 1950's and while most have been upgraded over the years, hers still has really old circuitry. They managed to reset the fuses but told her to call an electrician. I gave her the name of our electrician; who I have used over the years, is very reliable and I believe is fair. She called him out and he wanted $2K to replace the main box and all the fuses. She decided to go with a friend of a friend's recommendation and he quoted $1K. He came out today, had the power company turn off her power, removed the old box and fuses and said he had to go get parts. He showed up about 5:00PM and told her he couldn't get hold of his Master Electrician and couldn't finish the job. Turns out he wasn't licensed. He left her with the parts and she's out $500 down payment (cash). She called the electrician I suggested and he said he wouldn't finish a job somebody else started. Pretty sure he was mad she took a low ball offer. I've told her to report the guy and even call one of the local consumer advocates on TV. Anyway she called one of the big named companies and they are coming out tomorrow to see what has to be done. I suspect it will cost her well over what the guy I recommended was going to charge. I ran a line over to her house and plugged in her refrigerator and freezer to save her groceries. I was a bit aggravated she let the guy stiff her like that and that she didn't listen and use the guy I recommended, who is probably now mad at me. Like I said no good deed goes unpunished. My back hurts from dragging her refrigerator 1/2 way across the kitchen next to the freezer so I could plug them both into the power. Sorry for the rant.