Every month, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers send in their tips and ideas that can't be found in any code or guidebook, and are only learned or devised through years of experience and thinking, "There's got to be a better way to do this!"

Recently, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR relaunched the Ideas That Work montly contest with new judges and a new sponsor, Southwire Co., and we're looking for our readers to send us their best ideas for a chance at publication in the magazine, prizes, and bragging rights on the job site.

Strut your stuff from truck to panel board in those new boots you bought with your cool $50 American Express gift card. Prepare to beat your coworkers off with a stick as they all come to you and ask if they can borrow your new Southwire tools. All you have to do is send in those (code-compliant and safe) quick tips that you probably use every day to save time and money and don't even know it.

This sounds great, but how do I get my ideas to you?

Easy. The best way to submit your ideas is by using the Ideas That Work submission tool right here on this website. Fill out the required fields, include as much detail about your idea as you can, and upload a good picture to demonstrate if you have one. Once you press the submit button, your idea is delivered to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR's inbox where it will patiently await review.

Alternatively, if you feel the need to prove something, you could do the heavy lifting yourself and email your Ideas That Work to ideasthatwork@necanet.org.

Finally, if you yearn for the days of yore when mail was sealed with hot wax and carried by horse and buggy to its recipients, you can mail your Ideas That Work to:

Ideas That Work Editor
3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 1100
Bethesda, MD 20814

What happens after I send in my idea?

Your ideas enter a queue for judging where they will await their fate. Our judges may choose your idea for the next issue, or they may hold it for a future issue to fit a theme. If your idea is published, you will receive a $50 American Express gift card. First place winners will also recieve a tool set from Southwire.

But I'm afraid of rejection. What if the judges don't like my idea?

There's nothing to lose here. Try again. Submit as many ideas as you like. Ideas That Work is a long-standing feature in the magazine, and we've received a lot of great ideas in the past.

So what are you waiting for? Submit your Ideas That Work today!


Click here for a complete list of the contest's rules.