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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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On a regular basis, Contractors ask me to review their contracts before they sign.

Beginning this month, we are taking a fresh look at Ideas That Work. This column has been part of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine for many years, and most submitted ideas have been time saving and practical.

In the utility sector, not many issues cause industry stakeholders more anxiety than the aging infrastructure and continuously increasing demand. Around the country, utilities are investing heavily to keep up with degradation and power-hungry consumers.


It isn’t often that an electrical contractor (EC) literally goes airborne during system testing and commissioning.

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Running the Technology Track
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Are you running a sprint or a marathon on the technology track? Do you feel like a hamster on a wheel, trying to evaluate new gadgets and systems? Even electrical contractors aren’t immune to technology headaches, especially when you’re spending all of your time just serving your customers.

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I Didn't See That Coming
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A change in site conditions can be unusual and unexpected, and in some cases, even worse. In one instance, a contractor was hired to clean air-conditioning ducts in a military barracks. He found women’s underwear, beer cans and live ammunition in the ducts.

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Lighting the Night
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The Mid-Hudson Bridge spans the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie to Highland, N.Y., and officially opened in August 1930.

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Scapegoat or Hero?
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Scapegoating is a hostile social behavior by which people move blame and responsibility away from themselves and toward a target person or group. The target feels wrongly persecuted and receives misplaced vilification, blame and criticism.

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Sell and Market Your Company Actively
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Electrical contractors, historically speaking, are not avid fans of sales, marketing and promotion. However, the key word in that sweeping statement is “historically.” Things have changed and so should contractors and their views regarding such business management tools and techniques.

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Salt of the Earth
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Just outside of Rochester, N.Y., one of the oldest road salt mines in the world was flooded in the mid 1990s, and the owner eventually decided to close down the operation.

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Recouping Your Losses
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Often times a contracted project takes longer to complete and requires a larger budget than was originally planned. Many factors can be contributed to the increased duration and cost of a project. But who is responsible for such delays?

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