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Electricians go back to work, After Hours

March 18, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

After clocking out of work, three area electricians spend their off-time fixing electrical problems for people with day jobs.

After Hours Electric Inc. was formed last winter by electricians Albert Stambaugh, Dick Shilling and Steve Palmer, along with apprentice Audrey Partlow.

"It's convenience for the people who have jobs," Stambaugh said. "It's mainly to help the customers out. It gives them an opportunity to do other stuff. It's mainly why we chose this name."

After Hours Electric is based at Partlow's Smithsburg home, which is directly behind Stambaugh's house. The group has "corporate meetings" at Pizza Hut and routinely works together on projects.

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"We're all sort of the same temperament. We all like doing work. We all like doing it right," said Stambaugh, 58.

With a combined 100 years of experience, the electricians have rewired a commercial garage, worked on generators and rewired an old farm house, among other jobs, since opening the business last winter.

The electricians said they can do "anything A to Z."

Shilling, 61, of Hagerstown, and Palmer, 50, of Warfordsburg, Pa., work for an electrical contractor. Stambaugh works in an administrative position at a local company.

Partlow, 41, takes care of her four children and handles the administrative work for the company. She fields calls for the business at her home.

"Without her, there wouldn't be no us," Stambaugh said.

Partlow has been learning the trade from the electricians over the past year.

Hours for the business are flexible, they said. The men usually complete work at their other jobs at about 2:30 p.m. and generally are able to begin work on other projects not long after that.

They said the latest they've worked on a job for After Hours Electric was about 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.

Most wake up to go to their day jobs between 4 and 6 a.m.

Stambaugh said that if the work they get through After Hours Electric requires the help of more than just the group of four, each of them knows other electricians who are capable of helping on any given project.

"A lot of young fellows, we know how they work and some do side work, so we can pick and choose" who to call on for help, Stambaugh said.

They said they've been busy just through word of mouth.

"We don't have to make our first million in the first week," Stambaugh said with a laugh.

He emphasized that the members of the business are quality driven.

"When we come to your door, it's an owner coming to your door, at your service," he said. "That keeps quality up."

Stambaugh said the electricians have a business license in Maryland and currently are working to obtain a business license in West Virginia.

Anyone interested in reaching After Hours Electric may call 301-824-7111.

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