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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. 

Mobile scanner for Dynamic Systems CheckMate Toolroom system

Keeping track of tools—whether just a few or hundreds—is a challenge that computers have made much easier. Software developed specifically for managing tools and equipment has replaced simple lists and spreadsheets.

Bill Gates

As the debate over climate change continues, many figures in the tech industry have been among the most vocal in the fight against it. Now, many of the biggest names in the field are teaming up to form a climate change supergroup.


In November 2015, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) announced a short but comprehensive list of 13 steps to improve workplace safety.

Research conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that more expensive fines for workplace-safety violations are likely to send stronger messages to employers to improve workplace-safety efforts.


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When Worlds Collide

I have a friend who is a mid-sized electrical contractor. His work is evenly split between commercial and residential, with contracts ranging in value up to a few hundred thousand dollars.


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Are Your Estimators Bored?

Estimating can get boring. Count, count, count—highlight all the little symbols, color all the lines red, enter the counts into the computer. Clicking the days away, one job at a time. It is nobody’s fault—any job can become tedious.


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All Lanes Clear

Wellington Power Corp., a Pittsburgh-based electrical contractor, is helping to relieve one of the worst bottlenecks in the United States by electrifying the world’s largest drawbridge.


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Still Number One

Since the first power quality monitor was introduced by Dranetz Engineering Laboratories in 1975, there have been a lot of changes in the instruments that monitor electric distribution systems and the loads powered from the distribution systems within a facility or substation.


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Measuring up: Where Does Maintenance Stand?

The Electrical Contractor study, Contractor’s Roles in Scheduled/Preventative Electrical Maintenance, yielded some surprising results.


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Exploring Outsourcing

Welcome to 2006, where outsourcing is the buzzword of the year. In actuality, you might equate it more appropriately with an equally familiar word—subcontracting.


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The Curious Case of the Ceaseless Change

“The general contractor may at any time, without invalidating the contract, by written instructions, direct the subcontractor to make changes, additions or deletions to the work. Subcontractor shall promptly proceed with such instruction.


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