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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. 

Construction work often must be done in areas without power and, therefore, without adequate light. Also, it often must be done outside at night.

Evaluating the cost-
effectiveness of renewable power has always been a fairly simple calculation. As manufacturers lowered their production costs and improved the generating efficiency of their technology, renewables became more cost competitive with conventional sources of power.


We appreciate all of the positive response to the new format for our column in which we interview industry leaders about key issues that may alter the future of electrical construction.

Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner and quieter and now have a proven track-record in applications like nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events, and airport operations, making them ready for commercialization and broader use.


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Resizing Service or Feeder Loads
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At one time or other, all contractors have been faced with a decision to either recalculate the size of an existing service or feeder or just guess at the amount of spare load and install new circuits while hoping for the best. Guessing will usually only get you in trouble.

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Speaking to Strengths
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At the recent Power Quality World Conference, I chaired a session on “Specifying and Purchasing PQ Equipment.” Afterward, I met one of the presenters from an electric utility who said he planned to bring his lawyer with him to the session the next day.

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Predicting the Unpredictable
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I generally choose to leave predictions of the future to “psychics” and tarot card readers. They rely on special powers of divination, and I give them credit for trying. After all, it’s a daunting task to predict the future of anything these days.

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Branch Circuit Feeder and Service Calculations
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Article 220 contains provisions for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads. Following the requirements set forth in this article will provide the minimum size branch circuit, feeder or service.

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Hard Copy to Hard Drive
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“Twenty years ago, the industry’s estimating tools were pencil, paper and a calculator.

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ESI Has Contemporary Style
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Founded in 1939 in Cincinnati as the Modern Art Society, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) was one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to exhibiting the art of the times.

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Making Peace With Anger
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Anger and violence in the workplace are definitely increasing, and one in six workers has been angry enough at work to want to punch a coworker. Understanding how to prevent anger from erupting into violence is imperative. Anger is a strong feeling of antagonism associated with extreme displeasure.

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