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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. 

Have you noticed the lack of good product seminars from companies making electrical products for buildings and data centers? Companies need to go out to update electrical contractors, project managers and system designers on their products and new systems.

Many estimators start out as electricians, and a significant portion of those are most experienced in residential work. The purpose of this article is to help move these estimators along the path to commercial and industrial electrical estimating.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has released three recent reports that illustrate a generally positive environment for the housing market, starts and remodeling, though two of the three showed some signs of stagnation.

When I ran the family contracting business, we still employed some of the old guard from my father’s term as owner. It was clear that they considered their training complete when they received their journeyman credentials.

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Smart Grid Is Coming to Baltimore

After clearing some regulatory hurdles, the power provider for central Maryland is set to unveil a new smart grid. In September, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

PD for PQ

If one searches for power quality tools on the internet,- the most common results will be for equipment, such as digital multimeters, harmonic analyzers and, most often, power quality analyzers or monitors.

Follow the Money

So, you’ve heard this before, but solar power today is really on the verge of going mainstream. How do we know that, this time, the odds are better than ever? By following the money.

Spreading the Knowledge

The “Profile of the Electrical Contractor” in the July issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR showed 65–70 percent of those surveyed indicated they performed power quality work.

Nobody's Perfect

There will always be mistakes in your work, but the real cost of those errors might be greater than you realize. As an electrical contractor, you know the cost of rework amounts to more than simply labor and materials.

Looking Where It Counts

When most people think of the source and effects of power quality problems, they think of voltage interruptions, harmonics, transients, sags, swells and even flicker, all of which are phenomena that occur on the alternating current (AC) voltage system.

Remodeling Dips but Shows Signs of Stabilization

The remodeling market slid backward during the second quarter of 2010, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI). The RMI (combining current and future market indicators) sank to 40.7 from 43.8 in the first quarter.