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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. 

Progress in the renewable-energy industry is often measured in outsized terms—the best, the biggest, the fastest and the cheapest. When it comes to packing a wallop of solar potential, no place does it like Nevada.


Determining how much of the National Electrical Code (NEC) estimators should know depends on several factors, including how much they initially knew when they became estimators, the type of work they are bidding, who they are working for, the completeness of the bid documents, and their goals as est

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Washington, D.C., is famous for its traffic circles—and infamous for decision-makers who seem to be stuck in them, going round and round and getting nowhere.


There have been survivability requirements in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, since the 1999 edition. The primary purpose is to enable certain circuits to maintain their ability to operate for an extended time during a fire emergency.

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Estimating Under Pressure, Part 3
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The simple days of “base bid only” are long gone. Today’s bid form is alive, changing on a moment’s notice and getting meaner every day. It doesn’t know who you are and it doesn’t care how you laid out your estimate.

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Getting Started in Design-Build
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“We’ve always done design-build. Everybody’s done it. A customer calls you up and says, ‘We want to do this.’ They are usually doing remodels. That’s how it starts. Now we do complete projects, out of the ground. It’s a lucrative, competitive priced method that is fair to all,” said Jeffrey L.

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Door 1 (Court) or Door 2 (Arbitration)?
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The amount of misleading and incorrect information about arbitration could fill a bookshelf.

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Combining Forces
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When did your company last integrate a fire alarm system with another building-control or security system? Most electrical contractors would find it hard to answer that question.

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The Latest in Transportation Project Lighting
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Based on figures from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., the market for roadway fixtures is growing at about 5 to 6 percent a year. According to David B.

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Finding Your Future Work Force: They Are Already Here
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According to the 2002 Economic Census, published last December, there are 62,586 electrical contractors in the United States, employing nearly three-quarters of a million people and performing $82 billion worth of work.

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Imaging and Surveillance Update
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Camera surveillance for facility and security control continues to go mainstream as existing technology is refined and networking innovations are introduced.

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