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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 U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 
new “Annual Energy Outlook 2014” predicts that below-average annual increases in U.S. electric generating capacity will occur through 2040; most new capacity will be natural gas-fired facilities.


Bosch Bulldog Xtreme rotary hammer with dust control

A rotary hammer is the tool of choice for most electricians who must make holes in concrete, block and brick. Small rotary hammers are used primarily for drilling holes to install anchors for hanging Unistruts for electrical conduit.

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On a regular basis, Contractors ask me to review their contracts before they sign.

Beginning this month, we are taking a fresh look at Ideas That Work. This column has been part of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine for many years, and most submitted ideas have been time saving and practical.

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ELECTRI International Publishes Business Development Research 

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Business development has become a hot topic in the electrical contracting industry, but there’s a lingering question as to exactly what it is. For ECs, it’s more about how to deliver services and technologies than discovering new ones.


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Keeping Up With The Joneses
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I have always been interested in labor-saving gadgets and how they affect an estimate. For the purpose of this article, I define a gadget as a material or tool meant to perform a task better and more quickly than the previously used material. 


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Ideas That Work: Identifying MC Cable, Catching Drywall Dust and More
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Every month, we pick the top four Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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Wearable Technology For ECs
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Ever surfed 20-foot waves? Or gone skydiving in formation with hundreds of friends? Or skied off a mountain? No matter.

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Five Reasons To Raise Your Price
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If you’re a typical electrical contractor, at least part of your revenue probably depends on submitting the lowest price among a growing list of competitors. Although this technically qualifies as a pricing method, it is not a pricing strategy.

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Cool Tools: Labeling Tools 2014
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It wasn’t that long ago that portable labeling tools were simple devices that embossed letters on a strip of plastic that could be stuck to walls or other surfaces. Times certainly have changed.


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Future Looks Bright For Packaged LEDs
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As society strives for greater energy efficiency, innovation continues to push new and more effective technologies to market. Unsurprisingly, one product cannot hold the top spot for very long.

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