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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. 

Technology’s impact on how we live—and, by extension, how we do our jobs—fluctuates every day. During my career, I have seen how that applies to the electrical construction industry, where new trends and innovations routinely emerge.

Nobody’s perfect, and I’m no exception. My first job in the electrical construction industry was driving a truck for a wholesale house. Within the first month, I didn’t secure my load well enough and lost a 10-foot stick of strut though the side of my stake bed truck.

Kosciuszko Bridge


Bridges and tunnels are a key sector for E-J Electric Installation Co., Long Island City, N.Y. Recently, the company installed LED lighting for the newly constructed Kosciuszko Bridge, which spans 1.1 miles over Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens.

As I write this column, the citizens and businesses in Texas are assessing the damage from Hurricane Harvey, and Florida is cleaning up after Irma.

More on Your Business

 
Should You Hire an Estimator?

As the construction industry is starting to breathe again, I’m getting calls from small contractors asking if I think they should hire a full-time estimator. It’s a great question, and I’m glad they are thinking ahead, but there is no simple answer.


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Smart Grid Is Coming to Baltimore

After clearing some regulatory hurdles, the power provider for central Maryland is set to unveil a new smart grid. In September, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.


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Follow the Money

So, you’ve heard this before, but solar power today is really on the verge of going mainstream. How do we know that, this time, the odds are better than ever? By following the money.


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Spreading the Knowledge

The “Profile of the Electrical Contractor” in the July issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR showed 65–70 percent of those surveyed indicated they performed power quality work.


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Nobody's Perfect

There will always be mistakes in your work, but the real cost of those errors might be greater than you realize. As an electrical contractor, you know the cost of rework amounts to more than simply labor and materials.


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Looking Where It Counts

When most people think of the source and effects of power quality problems, they think of voltage interruptions, harmonics, transients, sags, swells and even flicker, all of which are phenomena that occur on the alternating current (AC) voltage system.


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Sensitivity Training

Last month, I covered common power quality phenomena with regards to the National Electrical Code (NEC). Two articles address specific topics related to power quality: Article 647, Sensitive Electronic Equipment, and Article 708, Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS).


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