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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. 

Anyone can make a difference by installing solar panels, buying an electric car or changing out those old power-guzzling incandescent lamps. However, the so-called tipping point often rests on the shoulders of corporate America.

Branding your company—from vehicles to interior designs—is well-served by a quote from baseball great Yogi Berra: “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”

With a mix of job smarts, business savvy, grit and grace, an increasing number of women-owned contracting firms are helping to level the playing field in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Change orders—we love them, and we hate them. Preparing a change order used to be enjoyable. The drawings were clear, the changes were clouded and we were allowed to make a profit. All we submitted was a lump-sum proposal, which was rarely questioned and never outright rejected.

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NECA 2016 Boston, Day Two

As with any trade show, everything at NECA 2016 Boston revolves around the show floor. For several hours every day, hundreds of industry figures have taken to the Boston Convention and Exposition Center to explore the latest products and services that the largest brands have to offer.


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Editors' Pick
2016 Profile of the Electrical Contractor, Part 2

We began coverage of our biennial Profile of the Electrical Contractor survey last month with a discussion of demographics and trends in the age of today’s electrical contractors (ECs) and their firms, along with the types of work our readers are doing.


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A project, such as the Phipps Conservatory, that pursues multiple green certifications requires the electrical contractor to keep an eye on earning points from different programs, some of which complement each other.
The Nature of High Performing Buildings

There’s no one definition or single certification for high performance buildings. The greater the owner’s wishes, the more ambitious the construction.


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Lessons in Collaboration

No matter how you define it, experts agree that one of the keys to a successful construction project is effective collaboration by the various participants.



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Ford full-size Transit Van and Transit Connect compact van
Cool Tools: Service Trucks

Whether a one-man shop or multidivision contracting company with hundreds of employees, electrical contracting companies and electricians need trucks.



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Southwire Tools T200K tone and probe
Cool Tools: Tone And Probe Kits

Structured wiring specialists test to confirm cabling is properly connected and operating to specifications. It is often necessary to trace a cable’s route, as well. A tone and probe kit is the tool for that job. It can trace wires inside walls, under floors and above ceilings.


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Plays Well With Others

Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen you grow into a social being, a mature individual with your own strengths who is willing to contribute to a team in a collaborative environment where the sum is greater than its parts.


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