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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. 

It can be safely said that 2016 has been a memorable year in Washington, D.C. Everything the experts knew about politics was turned upside down and inside out as the election results broke nearly every rule we have ever known.

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These days, almost anything for the home can be automated. Door locks, window blinds, switches, toasters—all are available as "smart devices" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite this bevy of products, they can’t all work together.

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It's an irony of moder construction that, to deliver power to a job site, an electrical contractor must first establish temporary power.

Siemens has opened submissions for its fourth annual Engineering Innovation Award for Fire and Life Safety design.

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Transmission Line Expansions Power into Kansas

Clearing two important regulatory hurdles, the Topeka, Kan.-based ITC Great Plains, a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., announced its plans to invest in transmission infrastructure improvements in the state of Kansas. As a result, these plans are now one step closer to reality.


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Safety: A Top Priority

Safety is fundamentally important to all involved in a construction project, and the supervisor is at the heart of any job-safety program. Each job for which the electrical supervisor is responsible must have a specific, well-designed safety program.


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Prescribed Solutions

Continual improvements in life expectancy and reduced infant mortality are a result of dedicated healthcare workers and, in part, the array of sophisticated electronic equipment used.


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McCormick User's Conference Set

McCormick Systems User’s Conference is set for April 2-5 in Tempe, Ariz. The event brings dozens of contractors and estimators together to talk with each other, speak with McCormick staff, and listen to presentations. Two full days of educational sessions are scheduled.


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Utility Awarded for Storm Response

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) honored Ameren Corp. as a winner of the association’s Emergency Recovery Award for outstanding efforts to restore electric power in the wake of two severe ice storms during the space of six weeks in late 2006 and early 2007.


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Good and Evil

As a sequel to the discussion of adjustable speed drives (ASDs) in last month’s column, it seems appropriate to show how ASDs are a classic example of the often-quoted line from IEEE 1100 (also known as the Emerald Book).


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When the GC's Acceptance Is a Rejection

Waiver and estoppel are two different equitable concepts that lead to the same result. With waiver, a person’s actions result in the loss (a waiver) of a right. With estoppel, the right continues to exist, but it cannot be used. In both instances, the law is trying to do what is fair.


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