To the OP: Of course you realize that $2K is about average for a complete meter loop. I see that you are in Houston so the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is the authority having jurisdiction there. TDLR.com That first guy needs to be reported right away. Lots of hacks do electrical work without a license and have a Master to pull permits for them. There's actually nothing illegal about a licensed Journeyman doing business under the supervision of a hired master but even if this guy was actually licensed as a journeyman there is still a business ethics problem which the TDLR needs to be told about. Sorry for my rant.