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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. 

AEMC 5233 Trms digital multimeter with function for nonelectric contact testing

In recent years, there has been a trend to increase functionality of many tools and testers that electricians use. The idea is that, if one tool can do multiple tasks, electricians will need fewer tools, which can mean a lighter tool belt or box.

San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) microgrid supplied electricity to 2,800 customers in Borrego Springs in San Diego County, Calif., on May 21, 2015, during planned grid maintenance. This marked the first time a U.S.

Chris Nichols, Vice President of Special Projects, Sequoyah Electric

“Sequoyah” may look like an alternate spelling for the species of majestic trees that grace the landscape of the western United States.

Collaborative building processes and technologies are gaining more attention from building owners, contractors and subcontractors. In May, global advisory firm KPMG released its “2015 Global Construction Survey,” which surveyed owners and decision-makers of large construction firms. 


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The amount of misleading and incorrect information about arbitration could fill a bookshelf.

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In today's fast-paced and highly competitive industry, estimators are often asked to achieve the impossible: estimate numerous projects, both large and small, and in a very short amount of time. The pressure placed on an estimating team can be intense, to say the least.

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