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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. 

Electri International, a foundation that supports electrical industry research, released “Customer Side Smart Grid Installations—Preparing for the Future,” a report that examines how implementation of the smart-grid technology is changing the nature of the electrical distribution system in the Unite

Hardt at his Chicago-area offices

Forty-one years ago, when David A. Hardt sat down with his brother Bill and a friend to discuss his future, he was at a crossroads.


As renewable energy strives 
to become more competitive with traditional sources, success is measured in a variety of ways. By one of these measures, wind power is coming on strong.

Reality television, despite its smarmy nature, is cathartic for the viewers who wish they could say whatever they wanted to whenever they wanted to, without the usual filters of tact and diplomacy we use at home and at work.

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Blinking Light
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A different kind of poison Every time I see the lights on a Christmas tree blinking on and off, I am reminded of the old adage, “One person’s medicine is another person’s poison.” Flickering lights in an office, factory or residential home can be more than an annoyance.

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Layered Hospital Security Has Room to Grow
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Hospital security is a multilayered issue with hospitals of varying sizes struggling with how to keep the facility safe from intruders, both human and bacterial, without hindering accessibility. Making hospitals both safe and accessible generally requires technology.

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PSI Installs State-of-the-Art Systems
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In the fall of 2001, Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., decided to expand its Radiation Oncology Department in its Hayes Hall facility.

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Surge Protection: Fact or Fiction?
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What do these statements have in common? • Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. • Electrical utilities correct a fault by sending a power surge to clear a short in a service line, transformer or other load grid short circuit.

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What is RFID?
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Prepare to deal with this emerging technology Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is finding wide application in a variety of industries. Electrical contracting firms need to be aware of this new technology and how its customers can use it.

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Secure on All Fronts
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Hospitals must employ a variety of security measures Odds are that the recent upsurge in spending in the healthcare field will be a long-term condition that could provide a cure for the electrical contractor whose checking account definitely needs a “vitamin boost.” Hospital administrators and secu

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Are We There Yet?
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What’s the status of women in electrical contracting?

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