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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. 

Eaton Corporation, a power management company based in Cleveland, is teaming with ATEC Training and Certification Services to offer a training course on the National Electrical Code (NEC) 500 standard. It will be offered only at the Eaton Experience Center in Houston.

Productivity improvement is more than reducing waste. Understanding how routines and environment affect our physical and mental states can help you and your employees get the work done more efficiently and accurately without spending a fortune or revamping your organization.


Selecting the right dimmer and lamp combination can be challenging. The good news is progress is being made.

Do you read the comics? Julie and her son are particular fans of “Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!” by Tim Rickard. It’s about the crew of the space station R.U. Sirius. A recent series featured engineer Cliff Clewless cheating on his digital assistants, each of which thought they were his only one.

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Service With a Smile

Customer relations play a key part in the business of electrical construction. A wise electrical contractor once said the main purpose of a business is to make a profit, and the main function of a business is to create and maintain satisfied customers.


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The Communications Link

Communication on a construction site is critical, time-consuming and pervasive. It is critical because research has indicated two-thirds of all errors at the job site either directly or indirectly are due to communication-caused problems and difficulties.


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More? Or Less?

The word "government" often invokes “regulation” (at least until it was replaced with “bailout”). However, governmental regulation of power quality is basically nil in North America, especially in the United States.


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When to Bid the Job

The competitive bid market always has been a brutal arena, even during the best of times. Winning a contract takes more than having a tight estimate or the best lighting fixture quote. Even having the lowest price won’t ensure you get listed by the general contractors.


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Energizer Bunnies

Recently, I was on a panel at a conference on power quality and reliability-related issues. Somewhat amazing was the amount of discussion on that buzzword that keeps going and going: smart grid.


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The 'flations

Last month, we defined money and its relative value in the marketplace. This month, we’ll analyze who benefits when the value of money changes. Keep in mind that the laws of physics also apply to the value of money: what goes up must come down. Inflation


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Smart Grid Pilot Raises Power IQ for Users in Massachusetts

Not least among the many factors feeding the recent buzz about a new national energy order is the dawning of a technology that allows communication between appliances and the systems that deliver power to them.


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