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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. 

The NECA Show is the biggest trade show and convention in the electrical construction industry. Each year, thousands of contractors and hundreds of exhibitors descend on a choice city, and this year, it was in Seattle.

For decades, new power and telephone lines serving housing developments and office parks, government complexes and educational campuses have been placed underground.

AFCI protection is vital to overall home safety, but the complex technology can often present challenges. Join Leviton and Electrical Contractor magazine on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. EDT to learn more about the latest code requirements, specific applications, options available and troubleshooting tips.

Meaningless emails are a bane. In a construction lawsuit I tried last year, the parties exchanged their project documents, which included more than 200,000 emails each.

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The State of Virtual Building Design

Building information modeling (BIM)—the software-based 3-D real-time modeling process for construction—is the summit of design to some and a summit to climb for others.


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Beginning the Journey

Vilfredo Pareto loved to garden. One day he realized that 80 percent of the peas from his patch came from 20 percent of the pea pods. That proportion matched the ratio that he had already uncovered elsewhere in his investigations as the economist who gave the world the 80/20 rule.


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What a Shame!

Federal efforts to speed development of interstate transmission-line projects in designated areas of need were hit hard in February, when a federal court decision sent planners back to the drawing board.


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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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