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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. 

For 129 years, the Statue of Liberty has towered over New York Harbor as a symbol of freedom. In July, a lighting change gave the iconic landmark a brighter look.


AEMC 5233 Trms digital multimeter with function for nonelectric contact testing

In recent years, there has been a trend to increase functionality of many tools and testers that electricians use. The idea is that, if one tool can do multiple tasks, electricians will need fewer tools, which can mean a lighter tool belt or box.

San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) microgrid supplied electricity to 2,800 customers in Borrego Springs in San Diego County, Calif., on May 21, 2015, during planned grid maintenance. This marked the first time a U.S.

Chris Nichols, Vice President of Special Projects, Sequoyah Electric

“Sequoyah” may look like an alternate spelling for the species of majestic trees that grace the landscape of the western United States.

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Preflight Check
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I recently overheard a conversation that reminded me of how we take for granted that things will work the way we want them to without doing a few simple checks to verify them.

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November 2004 Redux
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In November 2004 (“What Did You Read, and What Did You See”), I posed a number of problems for resolution. The problems were derived from past articles on topics ranging from negotiation strategies to liquidated damages.

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Estimating Evolution
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Though estimating software has become more sophisticated, the process of scrutinizing a blueprint and figuring labor and material costs still needs the human touch.

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The Aftermath
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Natural disasters are big news. Television presents live images of the devastation and the faces and voices of the victims of hurricanes, forest fires, tornadoes and other catastrophes. Newspapers follow with detailed accounts of property damage, injuries and death tolls.

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E-Money, Cash Flow and Check 21-Part 2
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The “Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act” took effect on Oct. 28, 2004. Recall from last month's discussion that this act, also known as Check 21, is intended to allow for paperless processing of financial transactions.

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PVs Impact Building Operations
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Photovoltaic (PV) modules convert sunlight directly into electrical energy. Integrating PV into a building will impact its operation. Not only will the PV system produce electric energy to serve building loads but it can also reduce the building's electric demand and air-conditioning heat load.

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Building Commissioning: On the Whole
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“The basic purpose of building commissioning is to provide documented confirmation that building systems function in compliance with criteria set forth in the Project Documents to satisfy the owner's operational needs.

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