Remodeling jobs are almost always full of surprises, and kitchen remodels are no exception. As an electrical contractor, I'm often brought into a kitchen remodeling project to add a few more counter outlets and relocate a lighting fixture or two. Many times, the remodeling contractor has established a budget for the electrical work without carefully evaluating the existing wiring. If I arrive at the scene and discover any serious wiring problems, I become the bearer of bad news and increased costs. It's not a pretty picture: The contractor is losing money, I'm being asked to keep costs down, and the electrical work hasn't even started yet. To help avoid this scenario, I've highlighted the areas that contractors should carefully review