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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. 

Times are changing for the electrical contractor (EC). The trend even affects the basics. As Electrical Contractor focuses on the latest developments in cabling and controls, the 2014 NECA Show in Chicago, Sept.

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When I became a trainee estimator, I never worried about what I was going to bid next. My method was simple; I bid on every project my boss told me to. That strategy changed when I moved on to my next employer.

For roughly a century, electrical contractors (ECs) have used copper or aluminum wiring. Their coexistence at times has been competitive. The nature of the application and, in some cases, price have dictated the choice between the metals. 


Solar power alone won’t solve America’s energy woes. Thousands of acres of wind farms won’t get the job done either. In fact, there is not one single way to guarantee we’ll have sufficient energy now and in the future.


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New Codes Boost Energy Efficiency

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While they may not be exciting, standards do as much for progress as technological innovations.

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More Homes Getting Smart

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Energy Efficiency’s expanding role in the sustainable energy movement can be assessed by various measures. One of them is the use of smart meters. If the results of one recent report are any indication, the technology is catching on.


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A Software Primer
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For those of you who are new to electrical estimating software, it is important to understand the basic concepts behind the shiny images on the computer screen. Not knowing can lead to problems with the software and your estimates.

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Opportunity Hiding In Plain Sight
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In a YouTube video, two psychology professors staged a playful indoor exercise featuring six men and women, who were dressed in either black or white, passing basketballs back and forth.

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Optimizing Your Contribution
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As the year ends, you are probably taking your final steps to minimize your business and personal tax obligations for 2013. Consider Judge Learned Hand’s view of your “fair share” from the U.S. Court of Appeals decision in Gregory v.

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Cool Tools: Portable Workbenches And Carts
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Electricians frequently find themselves on job sites without a place to lay out plans and drawings or organize tools and materials. A stack of Sheetrock can provide a temporary work surface, or scrap lumber might be used to construct a crude bench or table.

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Cool Tools: Standard Electrical Tools For Copper VDV
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Electricians who do both conventional electric and voice/data/video (VDV) work and those who are new to VDV projects may use the cutters and strippers designed for electrical work to terminate low-voltage copper wiring.

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