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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. 

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These days, almost anything for the home can be automated. Door locks, window blinds, switches, toasters—all are available as "smart devices" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite this bevy of products, they can’t all work together.

A case in point


Everyone has encountered difficult contractors. You may or may not have an idea of what would be the ideal contractor to work with, but everyone has at least one clear instance of a general contractor that seemed to be from some evil nether region.


January marks the beginning of my third and final year as NECA’s president. 
I certainly can say I’ve enjoyed the experience, and I’m happy to report we’re a growing organization that has made tremendous strides. There is a lot to look forward to.

Milwaukee Tool 6-in-1 combination wire  pliers with redesigned  stripping capacity

Pliers, wire strippers, screwdrivers and crimpers are all basic hand tools electricians have used for decades. However, compared to older versions, continuing advancements and improvements have made today’s hand tools more versatile, easier to use and more durable.


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Money and Value

Are we headed for another great depression or simply working through an expected blip on the recession radar screen?


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Nuclear Power Production Was Near Record in 2008

According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based industry advocacy organization, nuclear power plants in the United States generated approximately 805.7 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in 2008, missing the record of 806.5 billion kWh set in 2007.


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Utilities Ready for the Stimulus for Greater Efficiency

Most of the talk about federal politics these days has centered on the mortgage crisis and the failing banking industry. The bulk of the money in the Obama administration’s bailout packages has been for banks, investment companies, other large industries and homeowners at risk for foreclosure.


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Keep the Lines Open

Years ago, when Casey Stengel became manager of the New York Mets, he said in amazement, “For these guys, every fly ball is a new adventure.” He might as well have been talking about building an integration team because every project of this kind requires a unique skill set and a custom cast of cha


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Vault or Shoe Box

When stock market investments and property shrink in value, it is tempting to convert them into safer vehicles, such as bank deposits. Is the banking system still safe, or is it a house of cards that will collapse under pressure? Fractional banking


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Green Is Good for Patients

On New Year's Eve, I visited someone in the hospital. I was struck by two things. First, there were patients and staff members in the wards, as, unfortunately, illness doesn’t follow a calendar.


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How Long Should It Take?

My role as an estimator has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. Much of my time these days is spent estimating the estimates, trying to assess how long it will take my staff members to complete them.


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