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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. 

For each project, electrical contractors must ensure the right equipment is on-site, that it’s affordable and, most important, safe and reliable. But what to do when dealing with installed equipment or with tools and equipment that they don’t own? How do they know it’s safe and hasn’t been damaged?

Sometimes you have a choice to get wet; sometimes you don’t. Splashing through puddles for fun is one thing. Forgetting your umbrella is another. Getting doused with 27 trillion gallons of rain, which is how much Hurricane Harvey dumped on Texas and Louisiana, is altogether something else. 

Often, people in our industry have more than one job title. Smaller shop owners often wear many hats. As businesses grow, one of the most frequent pairings is estimating and project management. 


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

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Photo from a Safety Stand-Down event hosted by Werner. Courtesy of Werner at www.wernerco.com/us.
OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down Begins May 8

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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How Tesla's Energy Storage Tech Is Changing Electrical Construction

Tesla has made a name for itself in the world of electric vehicles (EVs) and green energy.


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Safe Travels

The ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR staff travels quite a bit. And thanks to modern technology, we can continue to work as a team on a magazine whether we’re in Bethesda, Md., or scattered in Memphis, Tenn., Las Vegas or Mexico.


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Ideas That Work: Preplanning, PVC Solution and Streamlining Communication

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


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Anxieties Rise as Housing Starts and Permits Fall

According to the latest data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, new home construction and building permits fell in April, but this drop doesn't really tell the whole story of what is going on in the residential homebuilding market.


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Free Webinar: Maximizing Your LED Lighting Retrofit Success

LED lighting solutions have been experiencing rapid innovation, and they're at a breaking point. Now, facilities across the United States are considering lighting retrofits more seriously than ever.


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Safety Is Key

Quality electrical contractors understand true success requires a combination of essential elements. That must include safety. More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Some of them, sadly, are in the construction industry.


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