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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.

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.


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.

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

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Roll-Up Aftermath
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Just a few years ago, electrical construction consolidators sprang to life in a bizarre manner. Buying companies hand-over-fist and paying way too much, they added debt as if tomorrow would never come. But tomorrow is now here; for the most part, the consolidators are gone.

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Underground Construction
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Electrical contractors who perform utility work have been burying electrical cable for years.

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The Need for Speed
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Just like Tom Cruise’s character in the movie “Top Gun,” your customers “feel the need for speed” in their Internet connections and networks. A recent FCC report on high-speed Internet access showed that broadband Internet access increased by 55 percent in the United States in 2002.

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Uprooting the Past
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In the past, when power flowed as a sine wave, the square root of three was used to convert between line-to-line voltages and line-to-neutral voltages.

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The Magic Behind Theme Park Jobs
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“It’s not like building a school or a classroom. It’s a vision put on paper. And when you see the theme come to life, you get engrossed in it, feel the whole thing, live it—the design, the purpose and the outcome,” said Andy De La Parte, president, A & A Electric Services Inc.

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The Hub of the Universe
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Thousands of people rush through the airport terminal in Louisville, Ky., every day, never suspecting the activity going on next door. The airport is also home to a mammoth state-of-the-art UPS sorting station unrivaled for speed and efficiency.

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TIA Notes
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If you missed it, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR 42 committee meetings were held in early June. It’s time to pay attention, since many of their decisions can affect the contractor, as you’ll see below.

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