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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. 

Once again, I was inspired to write after reading a post in a LinkedIn construction group. The article, “If I Own a Drill, Does That Make Me a Dentist?” laments the belief that simply buying a tool makes one a skilled craftsperson.

From left: Greg Cummins, Ed Schuler and Kevin Rickett

Smarter materials management is especially beneficial in electrical service work. Service electricians are constantly confronted with the challenge of obtaining materials while striving to minimize the amount of lost time, back-and-forth travel and rush charges that inevitably follow.


Klein voltage tester with flashlight

One of the most basic tools every electrician carries is the noncontact voltage tester. Essential complementary tools include circuit breaker finders and tone probes for tracing wires. Scanning devices are able to see through walls and floors to identify wires, conduits and other objects.





A recent World Wildlife Fund survey found that almost half of Fortune 500 companies have at least one climate or clean-energy goal. It’s good business to be eco-friendly, and the construction industry has made great strides in going green without sacrificing profits.

More on Your Business

 
Straightening the Learning Curve

With this last article on paperless estimating, I want to touch on a few of the greater benefits and potential issues you may face. I’m hoping some of you have already purchased and are now using “in-screen” takeoff (IST) software, after reading parts one and two of this series.


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New Inspection Robot for Overhead Transmission Lines

For decades, utility operators have been searching for a way to automatically conduct physical inspections of overhead transmission lines.


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Department of Labor Budget Requests Include Training, Realistic Cuts

The U.S. Department of Labor recently outlined its part of the president’s fiscal year 2012 budget request to Congress. The department’s budget request focuses on efficiently achieving the department’s goals while exercising fiscal restraint.


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Utilities to Improve Electric Service in Northeast Pennsylvania, Poconos

PPL Electric Utilities announced a six-year project to improve electric service for homes and businesses in northeast Pennsylvania and the Pocono Mountains.


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One Swallow Does Not a Spring Make

Once two parties have negotiated and signed a contract, that document’s terms and specifications are supposed to be unalterable, except by further mutual agreement.


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Resilience

By now, most New Year’s resolutions have been forgotten, but the ability to “re-solve” and respond to changing conditions is imperative for your business in these uncertain times. For the remainder of 2011, these columns will form a 10-part series using the acronym RESOLUTION.


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Tell It Like It Is, Even If It's Bad

Last month, I promised to resume commenting on the more serious aspects of electrical contracting. One of those nuggets from my list of suggestions for improving one’s life, slightly modified, serves as a good lead-in: “Your goals and your ‘comfort zone’ should always be in conflict.”


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