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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. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue several new final rules in early 2016, according to a November article in The National Law Review.


At the 2015 NECA Show in San Francisco, a panel of judges representing different industry disciplines selected 23 Showstopper Award winners from 188 entries displayed in the Showstopper Showcase area. Judging was completed prior to the exhibition hall’s opening on the first day of the show.

For several years, I have been seeing a new hole in the theoretically 100-percent-complete electrical drawings we are provided for bidding. Within the last year, the problem has gotten bigger, driven by increasingly strict energy-usage requirements.

Happy New Year from your new ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR editors! Surprised? You have that look on your face. It’s OK. We were, too.

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Value-Added Service

“We’ll go out on an emergency call. The call could be after hours on a facility that needs to be up and running,” said Ed Santos, service manager, Morrow Meadows Corp., a company based in the Los Angeles area, whose clients include data centers and banks.


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Estimating Software Update

The upgrades are coming! The upgrades are coming! Yes, it is time for your favorite estimating software company to release its thoroughly beta-tested new features and much anticipated repairs of any bugs and glitches.


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ESOP's Pitfalls

The first two parts of this series have explored the concept of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and the potential advantages of establishing one for your contracting business. This month, we will discuss some of the possible pitfalls.


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LEEDing Electrical Installations

More and more companies want to be recognized as being environmentally conscious. One way that they are demonstrating their commitment to a cleaner environment is through green construction.


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Pay Your Fees!

It is already the month of May—I know, I can’t believe it either—and the feeling of spring is in the air. Spring typically means warmer weather, longer days to get the estimates done and, of course, your annual tech support fees are due.


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Wye Does It Matter?

When setting out to monitor any power system, it is very important to determine what type of wiring configuration is used before making the connections. The primary and secondary sides of transformers are often different wiring configurations, as can be the loads from the source.


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What if You Find a Mistake ...

We all make mistakes. After all, we are human, aren’t we? Flesh and blood, instinct and intellect—we can’t be just computer chips and software, calculators and ScaleMasters. Yes, estimators are only human, and we make mistakes. But don’t tell your boss; that is, unless you actually make a mistake.


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