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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. 

Throughout history, military technology has evolved into far-flung and highly useful civilian applications. The Humvee notwithstanding, consumers have benefitted in many ways from technology that was first applied on the battlefield.


Salisbury by Honeywell lightweight HRC4  suit and lift-front hood

The workplaces of the world pose multiple hazards to the men and women in the building and construction trades, and there are many different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) to guard the wearer from specific, potentially deadly hazards.

In July, Tesla Motors and Panasonic signed a cooperation agreement to build a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States. They call it the “Gigafactory.”


Ideal Networks SignalTEK CT Gigabit cable performance tester

For commercial structures, certification tests document that a building’s voice/data/video network complies with industry standards.


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Predicting the Unpredictable
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I generally choose to leave predictions of the future to “psychics” and tarot card readers. They rely on special powers of divination, and I give them credit for trying. After all, it’s a daunting task to predict the future of anything these days.

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Before It Strikes Again
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A couple of months ago we dealt with lightning and the fast transients that can be coupled onto the electrical distribution system of the utility or within a facility, and the use of TVSS (transient voltage surge suppressors) to minimize the potential damage from such.

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The Art of Negotiation; the Art of War
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A few years ago, I was asked to present a seminar on delay/disruption damages. In my presentation, I made reference to “The Art of War” by Sun-Tzu, an ancient recipe book on winning at battle.

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Integrated Building Systems and You
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Advancing technology is allowing the integration of power, communications and control systems to improve building performance.

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Continuing the Search for Greener Pastures
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As was pointed out in last month’s column, when an electrical contractor expands to a new area of work such as school construction, a new set of parameters enters the estimating picture. Perusal of the specifications becomes a lesson in caution.

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Communicate the Bottom-line Benefits
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I’m fairly certain that we’ve only begun to tap the energy efficiency potential of this country.

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Beyond the Basics
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When considering the various financial institutions we personally deal with each day, such as banks and investment corporations, we immediately think of how much security is involved to protect the financial assets held in, or controlled by the institution.

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