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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. 

Progress in the renewable-energy industry is often measured in outsized terms—the best, the biggest, the fastest and the cheapest. When it comes to packing a wallop of solar potential, no place does it like Nevada.


Determining how much of the National Electrical Code (NEC) estimators should know depends on several factors, including how much they initially knew when they became estimators, the type of work they are bidding, who they are working for, the completeness of the bid documents, and their goals as est

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Washington, D.C., is famous for its traffic circles—and infamous for decision-makers who seem to be stuck in them, going round and round and getting nowhere.


There have been survivability requirements in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, since the 1999 edition. The primary purpose is to enable certain circuits to maintain their ability to operate for an extended time during a fire emergency.

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How do you set your prices? Silly question, right?

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Getting Involved
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I just returned from chairing the Report on Proposals (ROP) meeting for the NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance Committee, where we reviewed, debated, commented and voted on more than 150 proposed revisions to the 2002 edition for the next edition.

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IT and the Electrical Contractor
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The capabilities and availability of information technology (IT) are increasing rapidly for the electrical contracting firm. New IT products and services that promise to improve efficiency and increase profits are introduced daily.

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Fuellgraf Partners with Citizens National Bank
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A reputation for quality and reliability sends financial customer to this electrical contractor Fuellgraf Electric Co., with its headquarters in Butler, Pa., is one of those companies that just gets better with age.

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Back to Basics
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Maintenance programs benefit everyone Maintenance programs are becoming increasingly standard with every major purchase these days, but what about those in our realm-electrical, security and communication systems?

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