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In the course of routine remodeling (as if there were such a thing), contractors are likely to encounter electrical problems. These range from minor details that can be handled on the spot by anyone with a reasonable degree of experience to serious defects that should only be corrected by a licensed electrician. Accurately identifying these situations is important both for your reputation and the safety of everyone involved. Recently, we asked electrician Cliff Thomas, owner of Hands-On Electric in Santa Fe, N.M., about some of the electrical quandaries remodelers are commonly faced with. Q. If an electrician comes and does work, does he have to bring the whole house up to code? Are there certain things he has to