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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. 

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In the United Kingdom, pregnant cows may now be better protected, thanks to sensors. A bright green sensor device strapped to a cow’s tail alerts farmers, through an Internet of Things (IoT) network, that the cow is close to giving birth.

We get so used to the term “substantial completion” that we may be surprised at what an odd concept it is (meaning “not quite done”) and why it is often litigated.


News coverage of the health insurance debate should serve as a reminder for electrical contractors that have not fully evaluated or updated their business insurance plan. At renewal time, it’s important to update coverage and implement a plan to meet out-of-pocket costs.


Photo from a Safety Stand-Down event hosted by Werner. Courtesy of Werner at www.wernerco.com/us.

From May 8 to May 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold its fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down, a program started in 2013 to “raise fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries,” according to the OSHA website.

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$3.6 Billion Earmarked For Electric Project Loans


In late October, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $3.6 billion in loans to fund 82 electric projects for rural electric utilities in 31 states.


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Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Problem-Solving Can Save Money


I was recently reminded how important it is to be creative in today’s competitive bidding climate. One of my longtime clients called to let me know that the high-voltage switchgear at One Exchange Place in Jersey City, N.J., had finally been powered up.


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Fluke offers a full range of infrared cameras for non-contact inspection of electrical panels.
Cool Tools: Job Site Inspection Tools

Tiny video cameras mounted at the end of flexible cables. Infrared thermal imaging cameras that detect heat. The photo-taking capability of the ubiquitous smartphone. High-definition digital video and photo cameras mounted on unmanned drone aircraft.


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We'll Keep the Light on for You

Do you remember in the movie “A Christmas Story,” the dad wins a “major award” that turns out to be a table lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a mini skirt? Classic! Think of this issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR as a major award on the topic of lighting.


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Preserving Customer Relationships

Organizations, particularly contracting businesses, tend to fade from history rather quickly. So, whenever we encounter a great old company such as Harrington Electric Co.


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Keep It Simple: Ceiling Tiles, Terminations, Tie Wraps

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.


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Opportunities for 2017

As we end 2016 and look forward into the New Year, the big question for many companies in the industry in North America is, “Where will the opportunities be for cabling, electrical contractors, and electricians in the coming years?” In the United States, will 2017 mark the year that things pick up?


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