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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. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue several new final rules in early 2016, according to a November article in The National Law Review.

At the 2015 NECA Show in San Francisco, a panel of judges representing different industry disciplines selected 23 Showstopper Award winners from 188 entries displayed in the Showstopper Showcase area. Judging was completed prior to the exhibition hall’s opening on the first day of the show.

For several years, I have been seeing a new hole in the theoretically 100-percent-complete electrical drawings we are provided for bidding. Within the last year, the problem has gotten bigger, driven by increasingly strict energy-usage requirements.

Happy New Year from your new ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR editors! Surprised? You have that look on your face. It’s OK. We were, too.

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The Latest in the Arlington Industries v. Bridgeport Fittings Legal Battle

For years, Arlington Industries and Bridgeport Fittings have been locked in a legal battle over alleged patent infringement. In short, Arlington claimed that two of Bridgeport's products infringed on Arlington's Snap2It line, which saved installers from having to screw in a threaded nut.

Start With Service

When Chris Chastain took time out to talk with us, he revealed two facts about himself that we highlighted and circled in our notes in preparation to write this column. The first is a special part of his personal work history. The second is a surprise that we divulge at the end of this column.

The World Of NECA Goes Digital

I’ve learned throughout my career to embrace change and the technological advances that come with it. It isn’t always easy, so I’ve had to do it at my own speed.

Channellock XLT (Xtreme Leverage Technology) pliers
Cool Tools: Hand Tools 2015

The list of hand tools that are essential to electricians has mostly remained unchanged over the years. Cable cutters and strippers, linemen’s pliers, screwdrivers, crimpers, and other basic tools always are on belts or in pouches or toolboxes.

Long Electric: Wineries Offer Great Opportunities To Showcase Skills

According to The Washington Post, the number of wineries around the United States has grown from about 2,000 in 2000 to approximately 8,000 in 2014. In addition, while they tended to be limited to a handful of states 15 years ago, every state, including Alaska, now boasts at least one winery.

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Yulman Stadium, Tulane University.  Managing the sound in Yulman Stadium included the addition of fill speakers below balcony seating, delay of sound on one side the stadium to synchronize it with sound from the other side and containment of sound within the stadium. Courtesy of Tulane University.
Taking Sound and Video to the Fitting Room

The classic phrase, "one size fits all," is applicable in many situations. Not so, though, in sound and video installation. Each project is unique depending on the architecture of the space, the needs of the client in terms of distribution of the sound and the purpose of the video.

States Request EPA's Delay Of Clean Power Plan

When the Obama administration announced its much-anticipated Clean Power Plan in August, opposition emerged quickly. In fact, opponents had been fighting it before it was even made public knowledge.