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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. 

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.

Renewable generation and energy-storage technology have evolved at a similar pace in recent years. Their mutually beneficial relationship is no mystery.

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.”

I scheduled the whole day to finish the restaurant takeoff. I even came in a bit early. Of course, just as I start counting, the phone rings. It’s my foreman on the strip mall project. The utility company has not shown up to turn on the power. I jump on the phone to track down the company.

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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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Ideas That Work: Best of 2016

Ideas That Work is one of the most consistently well-read features in the magazine. Every month, it fosters community and idea sharing among contractors, electricians, and installers with the goal of saving our readers time, money, and frustration.


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OSHA Awards $10.5 Million To Nonprofits For Safety Training, Education


In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded $10.5 million in safety and health training grants to 77 nonprofit organizations, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).


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