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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. 

Mobile scanner for Dynamic Systems CheckMate Toolroom system

Keeping track of tools—whether just a few or hundreds—is a challenge that computers have made much easier. Software developed specifically for managing tools and equipment has replaced simple lists and spreadsheets.

Bill Gates

As the debate over climate change continues, many figures in the tech industry have been among the most vocal in the fight against it. Now, many of the biggest names in the field are teaming up to form a climate change supergroup.


In November 2015, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) announced a short but comprehensive list of 13 steps to improve workplace safety.

Research conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that more expensive fines for workplace-safety violations are likely to send stronger messages to employers to improve workplace-safety efforts.


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Cure OSHA Inspection Phobia with New Training Course

Since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the power to fine and even shut down businesses for safety violations, many employers fear inspections. One way to combat this fear is through safety awareness and OSHA regulation knowledge.


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Hawaiians say 'Aloha' to Renewable Power

In June, 2006, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle signed three bills in an ambitious renewable energy package. Combined, the three pieces of legislation make up her “Energy for Tomorrow” vision.


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Klein Tools Moves Corporate Headquarters

Klein Tools, a manufacturer of professional hand tools and occupational equipment, has moved its corporate headquarters from Skokie, Ill., to a new 64,000-square-foot facility located on a seven-acre site in Lincolnshire, Ill., a northwestern suburb of Chicago.


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For Nate

Electrical estimating is a tough, involved subject to teach and a very hard subject to learn. This is not a class they teach in high school or in most colleges, if any. Heck, I don’t recall the word “estimating” ever being said at career day.


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Three Kinds of 'Blink'

Many of the 5th generation power quality monitors can continuously calculate several thousand parameters (more than most users know what to do with or really need). Another parameter has been added—rapid-voltage change—that also can describe what happens when the lights blink.


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Signing Your Time Away

Two recent cases highlight the harm caused by “no damages for delay” clauses. Both are well-reasoned decisions from Maryland that survey the law from many states. As such, they are worth knowing, particularly because the uncompensated delays were outrageous.


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PV Inverter Technology

At the heart of any photovoltaic (PV) system is the inverter, also referred to as the power conversion unit (PCU) or power conversion system (PCS).


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