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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. 

It is a well-established trend that demand for electricity continues to increase as consumers fall in love with their digital devices. Now, that dynamic is about to reverse.


I have always been interested in labor-saving gadgets and how they affect an estimate. For the purpose of this article, I define a gadget as a material or tool meant to perform a task better and more quickly than the previously used material. 


Principle Power, a Seattle company, has been given the go-ahead by state and federal officials to develop plans to build the West Coast’s first offshore, floating wind-energy farm.


Ever surfed 20-foot waves? Or gone skydiving in formation with hundreds of friends? Or skied off a mountain? No matter.

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Perception of Percent
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In an attempt to simplify complex mathematical equations, the summary value for harmonics called total harmonic distortion (THD) is derived from the individual harmonic values.

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Do Your Systems Have Class and Style?
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In the day-to-day challenges of electrical contracting, when a specific wiring question arises, the wiring methods you use depend on what you have learned in the trade along with an occasional dose of the National Electrical Code.

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Using the Financial Performance Report
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The 2002 Financial Performance Report (FPR), compiled by NECA from financial data reported by electrical contractors for the 2001 year, is a valuable business tool.

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Recruiting and Retaining Women
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Your work force is becoming more diverse, and perhaps you’re a little confused about how to recruit and retain these new workers, especially the women. So what do you do? First, leave your paranoia behind. Most women in the workplace don’t plan to sue the company.

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Working Safely - To de-energize or not?
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A presentation at the PQ World 2002 Conference in October re-enforced the need to continue to make the electrical workplace a safer place to work in. While it would be ideal, it’s not always possible to de-energize electrical systems before working on them.

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Regulations, Interpretations and Tribulations
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In the many articles I have written about safety and health, I have unthinkingly referred to a number of documents, such as the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Interpretations, etc.

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Unique Contractor Grows In Many Directions
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It’s hard to explain what enabled Sullivan & McLaughlin (Boston) to surge from $2 million annual sales in 1991 to $50 million and growing. It can be summed up this way. The people who run the company like each other and their employees; their employees trust them and like them back.

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