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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. 

Determining how much of the National Electrical Code (NEC) estimators should know depends on several factors, including how much they initially knew when they became estimators, the type of work they are bidding, who they are working for, the completeness of the bid documents, and their goals as est

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Washington, D.C., is famous for its traffic circles—and infamous for decision-makers who seem to be stuck in them, going round and round and getting nowhere.


There have been survivability requirements in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, since the 1999 edition. The primary purpose is to enable certain circuits to maintain their ability to operate for an extended time during a fire emergency.

On April 30, 2015, Tesla Motors announced that it is releasing a new line of stationary rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for homes and commercial buildings.

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A big change in federal construction project policy could affect electrical contractors doing that work.


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Congressional Policy Rider Bans the Ban on Incandescent Lamps
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The incandescent “ban” has returned to the Congress floor. This time, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion funding bill that would keep the federal government operating until September 2015, but the bill carried various policy provisions that affect current and upcoming laws.

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Can't We All Just Get Along?
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I have been fortunate during my career to hold the positions of estimator and project manager, both separately and at the same time. This experience has given me perspective from both sides. Unfortunately, things were not always as harmonious as they should have been.

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2015 Construction Outlook: An Economic Recovery Finds Its Footing
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Enough pauses. We are finally in the midst of a sustained recovery. Fundamentals are strong. Growth is ever steady, and momentum assuredly recovers when unexpected events such as severe weather hit.

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Tamping Down Costs
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How do companies figure the cost of doing business? The answer is complicated for electrical contractors (ECs) to track and mitigate, as the environment most operate in has shifted from a few big construction jobs to a variety of contracts and providing a plethora of services.

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Good Faith, Fair Dealing and Utility Companies
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On a $28 million infrastructure contract, a contractor suffered an $11 million loss because of high charges by the utility companies for their part of the installation. The contractor, it turned out, got no remedy in court and, therefore, no means of recouping this major loss.


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We Have A Lot to Talk About
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I set out on a new journey when I officially became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) on Jan. 1, after spending a year working as Dennis Quebe’s understudy for this role. I would like to thank everyone who is traveling along with me. 


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