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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 stands to reason that, in a desert state such as Arizona, solar power would be something of a no-brainer. But in Arizona, the issue of harnessing one of the most plentiful and valuable resources has caused a controversy.


I was recently following a forum discussion about issues related to using spreadsheet software for estimating. It turned into a spreadsheet–versus–database argument and got a little heated. The truth is both systems have a place in your estimating toolbox.


The United States is undergoing a major shift in the way it generates and consumes electricity. In the midst of such visible changes, strong metrics are enlightening—even if they are, in some ways, stating the obvious.


A prognosticator forecasting the end of electric utilities as we know them isn’t news. Economists and market researchers have been telling this fortune for several years. But when the people in charge of utilities corroborate those reports, it’s no longer a tale read in the tea leaves.

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Understanding NFPA 72
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NFPA's signaling standards date back to 1898. The 1993 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code was a consolidation of all of the fire alarm system-related installation standards published previously as separate documents.

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Factory and Warehouse Lighting: Thinking Inside the Box
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To enhance lighting inside the big industral box, developers are hiring high-profile architects to design these warehouses and factories with a luxury look. Skylights, glass curtain walls, ornamental awnings and lush landscaping-for warehouses? Yes, it's happening from New York to California.

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Saying Goodbye
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Astute, regular and faithful readers of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR'S “Estimating” column may have noticed last month's entry wasn't written by long-time contributor Eric David.

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It's the Law
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Last month's article touched briefly on the two of the most important laws in power-quality analysis and seemed to have generated enough questions that a more in-depth discussion might be warranted.

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Slamming the Door Shut
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It is human nature to impose term limits. In contract law, these limits are everywhere, from the time to assert a claim to the time to demand arbitration or file suit in court. A variety of logical explanations has been offered for such destructions of rights by the lapse of time.

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Doleac Electric Keeps Things in Shipshape Along the Gulf Coast
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Until recently, oceangoing ships were built from the keel up on a kind of dry dock called a “way.” This was either a temporary structure or permanent inclined surface (some ways are made of brick and concrete and resemble a long ramp) with a network of heavy wooden beams designed so the ship would b

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Pervasive Networking
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For an easy-to-understand overview of pervasive networking, we turned to Chris Nicoll, director of strategic marketing for Lucent Technologies: “In a broader sense, we see pervasive networking as the ability to communicate and access the same types of services-anytime, anywhere.

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