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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. 

Started in St. Louis in 1953, PayneCrest Electric Co. Inc. is broadly diversified in electrical and communications installation work, which the company now takes on throughout the United States.

The digital age has given us plenty of new lingo. From smartphones to the Internet of Things (IoT), the growth of technology has also created its own vocabulary. Now, it is time to add the term “smart state” to our digital dictionary.


Flire CM174 600A AC/DC imaging clamp meter with infrared guided measurement

Thermal imaging is a well-established method of detecting potential problems and issues in electrical systems.

Electrical contractors that perform a lot of hospital work, especially lighting projects, may have a whole new type of work to look forward to in the future.

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Yulman Stadium, Tulane University.  Managing the sound in Yulman Stadium included the addition of fill speakers below balcony seating, delay of sound on one side the stadium to synchronize it with sound from the other side and containment of sound within the stadium. Courtesy of Tulane University.
Taking Sound and Video to the Fitting Room

The classic phrase, "one size fits all," is applicable in many situations. Not so, though, in sound and video installation. Each project is unique depending on the architecture of the space, the needs of the client in terms of distribution of the sound and the purpose of the video.


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States Request EPA's Delay Of Clean Power Plan


When the Obama administration announced its much-anticipated Clean Power Plan in August, opposition emerged quickly. In fact, opponents had been fighting it before it was even made public knowledge.



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Planning Methods Could Help Utilities Bring Distributed Energy To The Grid


Credit does not necessarily go to utilities for the expanding role of green power. Some states, including Arizona and Oklahoma, have made it less cost-effective for homeowners to install their own solar panels.



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In Memoriam: Charles "Charlie" M. Trout

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR is saddened by the recent passing of Charles M. Trout. Better known as Charlie, the nationally known National Electrical Code (NEC) expert and author passed away Monday, Oct. 26th at 11 p.m.


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LBNL Finds Downward Trend In Grid Reliability


As the electrical grid gets smarter and the number of severe weather events increases, many may wonder about the reliability of the U.S. electrical power system. A group of researchers put together some hard numbers on the matter and concluded that many areas need improvement.



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Drop In Solar PV Installed Prices Bodes Well For Contractors


Basic economics suggests that, when prices go down, more people make purchases. As such, recent declines in the installed costs associated with residential and nonresidential solar photovoltaics (PVs) bode well for electrical contractors.



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