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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. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio signs Introduction 247-A into law.

According to the New York City Council website, on March 21, Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted Introduction 247-A, a bill which amends the New York City administrative code to increase the civil and criminal penalties for performing electrical work without a license.

Electrical contractors who have built a successful business in commercial or industrial construction are quick to offer very standard explanations as to why they never pursue residential service work.


Each tooth on each Sawzall blade is carbon tipped individually.

On Tuesday, March 28, Milwaukee Tool held a media event and tour of the company’s Greenwood, Miss., plant, which manufactures reciprocating saw, hole saw and band saw blades.

Milwaukee Tool offers a full line of SDS plus cordless rotary hammers.

A hammer drill may be sufficient for drilling small-diameter holes in soft masonry, some metals and other materials too hard for conventional drills, but when tackling harder materials, such as concrete or cement blocks and brick, a rotary hammer is the most efficient.

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My role as an estimator has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. Much of my time these days is spent estimating the estimates, trying to assess how long it will take my staff members to complete them.


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Dominion Green Lights Green Power to Customers

Dominion Virginia Power, a subsidiary of Dominion, has received approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission to offer its customers two new options to purchase renewable energy.


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Enjoy the Ride

As the new presidential administration implements its economic recovery program, no one knows how your electrical contracting business will be affected. It’s like waiting in line at the amusement park, with one big exception. At the park, you choose the rides you enjoy the most.


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Learning to Delegate

In last month's column, we explored the sentiment common to supervisors and managers of the construction process that it seems there is not enough time to get everything done. In that article, the first tool is planning. The second tool a supervisor can use to achieve goals is delegation.


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How Does It Affect My Equipment

The usual focus in this column is what those squiggly waveforms are called and what causes them. Sometimes the focus is even what gets rid of them.


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The Mold Threat

Mold litigation has occasionally been described as the next asbestos by some impressed by the potential widespread claims and potential personal injury-related damages. Other commentators have pointed to hurdles faced by plaintiffs in getting medical testimony in front of juries.


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