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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. 

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In the United Kingdom, pregnant cows may now be better protected, thanks to sensors. A bright green sensor device strapped to a cow’s tail alerts farmers, through an Internet of Things (IoT) network, that the cow is close to giving birth.

We get so used to the term “substantial completion” that we may be surprised at what an odd concept it is (meaning “not quite done”) and why it is often litigated.


News coverage of the health insurance debate should serve as a reminder for electrical contractors that have not fully evaluated or updated their business insurance plan. At renewal time, it’s important to update coverage and implement a plan to meet out-of-pocket costs.


Photo from a Safety Stand-Down event hosted by Werner. Courtesy of Werner at www.wernerco.com/us.

From May 8 to May 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold its fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down, a program started in 2013 to “raise fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries,” according to the OSHA website.

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Smart Grid Pilot Raises Power IQ for Users in Massachusetts

Not least among the many factors feeding the recent buzz about a new national energy order is the dawning of a technology that allows communication between appliances and the systems that deliver power to them.


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The Communications Link

Communication on a construction site is critical, time-consuming and pervasive. It is critical because research has indicated two-thirds of all errors at the job site either directly or indirectly are due to communication-caused problems and difficulties.


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More? Or Less?

The word "government" often invokes “regulation” (at least until it was replaced with “bailout”). However, governmental regulation of power quality is basically nil in North America, especially in the United States.


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Late-Winter Storm Kept Virginia Crews Working Around the Clock

March is an unpredictable month on the East Coast. On March 1, 2009, a massive late-winter storm deposited heavy snowfalls from North Carolina to New Hampshire. Virginia, which expects more gentle weather at that time of year, was hit particularly hard with 10 to 12 inches.


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A Bit Ticked

A few months ago, we answered a customer’s question about what equipment might be affected by a particular type of power quality phenomenon.


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Money and Value

Are we headed for another great depression or simply working through an expected blip on the recession radar screen?


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One Word: Plastics

The presence of wooden electric utility poles is, by now, such a familiar part of the U.S. landscape that many of us barely notice them anymore.


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