Joe Salimando

Freelance Writer

Joe Salimando is a Vienna, Va.-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. He can be reached at

Articles by Joe Salimando

August 2013
With the electrical industry’s biggest trade show—NECA 2013—coming to Washington, D.C., Oct. 12-15, there’s plenty to do and see. That includes displays from 300 exhibitors and 19 free technical workshops on those days. However, there is much more! On Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th, a burgeoning slate of pre-convention workshops and special events are scheduled. See this 28-page flipbook. READ MORE
November 2004
How about this: Under IEEE Standard 803.2af, power can be run via datacomm cable. It's called “Power over Ethernet” (PoE). For many electrical contractors, PoE could turn out to be the greatest development in world history. But wait: Maybe it's not all that remarkable. After all, power has been run to tens of millions of homes over plain old telephone lines for decades. READ MORE
November 2004
The construction industry won a major battle in late July, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) issued its verdict on reverse auctions. As hoped, the Corps sees no advantages to the idea. Basically, the verdict is that it is neither smart nor advantageous for the federal government to use RAs to buy construction services. READ MORE
October 2004
Brainy Building Automation Systems are Coming Isaac Newton didn’t need an apple to fall on him to come up with his first law of motion: Unless acted on by an outside force, a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Today’s building automation systems (BAS) are in motion, thanks to technological advances, but outside forces acting on them seek to accelerate their evolution. READ MORE
July 2004
As your “Online” correspondent, I try to track trends in electronic business, Web sites and more. In February, I journeyed to Orlando for the A/E/C Systems show, the only conference geared to construction computing. Here’s a quick look at what I saw and heard. Design software/BIM BIM stands for building information modeling. READ MORE
May 2004
As much as 8.5 million miles of abandoned cable will, sooner or later, be removed. Who pays? How will it be done? What will go up in its place? Such questions emanate from new requirements in the 2002 National Electrical Code. Answers will come in time. “Easy” is not the right word to describe network cabling since 2000. READ MORE
May 2004
Improving the information flow Real-time data is a hot commodity in technology-for-business circles right now. The interest is mostly coming from big companies, but that doesn’t mean it’s not for you. Real-time data is useful to even the smallest contractor with employees. Information on your company’s activities increases in value with the data’s freshness. READ MORE
January 2004
Reverse auctions and construction shouldn’t mix. Almost everyone involved in the business agrees—with the exception of some large clients. Unfortunately, subcontractors (and even general contractors) live under an updated version of the Golden Rule: “He who has the gold makes the rules.” When the customer wants to procure its project via an RA, that is the way it is going to be done. READ MORE
January 2004
As you may know, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has agreed that Level III-qualified testers are to be used when certifying or verifying Category 6 cabling systems (Category 6 cable is a 100-Ohm cable with transmission characteristics specified up to 250 MHz). Here are some guidelines to handle the contractor’s testing responsibilities. READ MORE