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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. 

As the connectivity of devices over the Internet becomes more commonplace, the need for a universal standard to support that connection becomes greater.


There is a lot of discussion about bid shopping in several of the forums I participate in, so I thought this would be good time to revisit the subject and bring things up to date. I learned very early in my career that having the low number at bid time did not guarantee you a contract. 


Hawaiian Electric Co. recently announced plans that will lower customer electric bills by 20 percent.

DeWalt 12V Max XR lithium-ion battery

All lithium-ion batteries are not the same, and four toolmakers describe here what makes their batteries unique.


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Talkin' Auction
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Online auctions present significant opportunities If you’re one of the millions of consumers who has caught the online auction bug, you already know that you can make—or save—some serious coin on the Web, simply by knowing your way around the online auction community.

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Profitable Installations
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Estimation, training and planning put you in the black What helps make your electrical contracting business profitable? Is it your estimating prowess? Is it your ability to buy your project equipment at the best price and sell it at a good profit? Is it your ability to find and keep good people?

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Fiber Optic Standards
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What would we do without them? Standards affect all of us, everywhere we go. The minute details of standards are required to allow widespread use of products and to facilitate commerce.

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Pre-Training Decisions
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What does it take to be an estimator? I am frequently asked what type of courses would help prepare someone to become an estimator.

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Article 220-Branch Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations
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Cooking Equipment Calculations, Part III 220.19 Electric Ranges and Other Cooking Appliances Article 220 of the National Electrical Code contains specifications for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads.

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Back to Basics Makes Sense
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At a recent Technology Committee meeting for a local school district, there was considerable discussion about the lack of responsiveness in getting electrical infrastructure issues fixed.

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Sooner or Later
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The threat of litigation on construction projects is real and constant. In the construction industry in general and electrical contracting in particular, litigation is always a possibility on every project.

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