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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. 

Jason Glover of Thompson Electric explains how the controls work for a city water system.

How early is too early to get youth interested in a career in electrical contracting? According to management at Thompson Electric Co. (Sioux City, Iowa), fifth grade may not be too early.

Flir C2 pocket-size thermal camera

Most tradespeople love gadgets. This is a report about interesting tools and devices not necessarily categorized for electrical work, but which electricians may find useful. 


The opioid epidemic is one of the biggest health crises facing the United States, and it has shown no sign of slowing down.

Last week, Dodge Data & Analytics released its "2018 Dodge Construction Outlook" report, predicting total U.S. construction starts will climb 3 percent in 2018 to $765 billion.

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Remodeling Spending Continues To Grow in 2017

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is foretelling a good year ahead for home remodeling. According to the organization’s 2017 projections, in the average zip code, remodelers will spend roughly $6,200 per home improvement project, up from $5,800 in NAHB’s 2016 projections.


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Trump to Pull U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement—What Does It Mean for ECs?

On June 1, after returning from his first international trip, President Trump officially announced his intention to pull the United States from the Paris climate agreement. It's a decision that has rocked the political world, especially in terms of international relations.


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Time for a Facelift

Recently, a few of us went to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate for a symposium about the energy efficiency of historic sites. It was hosted by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology.


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NEMA’s Confidence Index Remains Largely Positive in May

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) current and future confidence indexes both inched backward in May, signifying a potential return to the status quo, though currently both indexes remain in the “expansionary range.”


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Home Values Rise to Pre-Crash Levels Finally

After nearly a decade of inching upwards, the national median home value finally surpassed pre-recession levels. According to Zillow Research, in March, the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) hit $197,100, passing the pre-recession peak of $196,600 from April 2007.


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The entrance to Milwaukee Tool's building reminds everyone what the company's mission is.
Milwaukee Tool's 2017 New Products Symposium Responds to Industry Demands

June 6–8, Milwaukee Tool hosted its 10th annual New Products Symposium, an event for construction media to view and get hands-on time with all new products the company is launching this year.


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Keeping Our Voices Heard

As President of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), I am proud that our members work hard to make their voices heard around the country.


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