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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

AEMC 5233 Trms digital multimeter with function for nonelectric contact testing

In recent years, there has been a trend to increase functionality of many tools and testers that electricians use. The idea is that, if one tool can do multiple tasks, electricians will need fewer tools, which can mean a lighter tool belt or box.

San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) microgrid supplied electricity to 2,800 customers in Borrego Springs in San Diego County, Calif., on May 21, 2015, during planned grid maintenance. This marked the first time a U.S.

Chris Nichols, Vice President of Special Projects, Sequoyah Electric

“Sequoyah” may look like an alternate spelling for the species of majestic trees that grace the landscape of the western United States.

Collaborative building processes and technologies are gaining more attention from building owners, contractors and subcontractors. In May, global advisory firm KPMG released its “2015 Global Construction Survey,” which surveyed owners and decision-makers of large construction firms. 


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Early Registration Closing; Still Time To Attend NECA 2015 San Francisco

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NECA 2015 San Francisco Convention and Trade Show will be held at Moscone Center South from Sat., Oct. 3 through Tues., Oct. 6. It is four days of workshops, exhibitions, product showcases and more, most of which is open to anyone who works in the electrical industry.


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ConcensusDocs Expanding Industry-Backed Offerings
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Electrical work may be a discipline unto itself, but electrical construction is a multidisciplinary business. Electrical contractors must master business operations, sales and contract negotiations as well as their trade.


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Can You Relate?
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Spreadsheet software is made for crunching numbers, but database programs are made for crunching data, and they do it better. Consider the following reasons why a database is a good platform for electrical estimating systems.


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No More The Days of Yore
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Once upon a time, owners hired an architect to draw up plans for a building and put the design out to bid, but that method is rapidly changing. Such design/bid/build (DBB) arrangements still may make up the majority of today’s project contracts, but just barely.

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What To Expect: Collaboration on construction projects
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“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” When automaker Henry Ford said these words, he could have been describing the intended outcome of collaborating on construction projects.

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Senate Chamber ceiling and upper level with recessed and cove lighting fixtures were installed by Lynnwell.
A Congressional Experience
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When a facility such as the Edward M. Kennedy Institute (EMKI) opens its doors to the public, the collaboration that made it a reality isn’t apparent.

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How NECA And The IBEW Make Workforce Training Work
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There is no longer any doubt that the construction industry has emerged from the long downturn that began more than seven years ago. That’s good news indeed.
 But, there’s some troubling news, too, depending on whom you ask—and where they’re working (or not).


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