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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. 

Progress in the renewable-energy industry is often measured in outsized terms—the best, the biggest, the fastest and the cheapest. When it comes to packing a wallop of solar potential, no place does it like Nevada.


Determining how much of the National Electrical Code (NEC) estimators should know depends on several factors, including how much they initially knew when they became estimators, the type of work they are bidding, who they are working for, the completeness of the bid documents, and their goals as est

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Washington, D.C., is famous for its traffic circles—and infamous for decision-makers who seem to be stuck in them, going round and round and getting nowhere.


There have been survivability requirements in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, since the 1999 edition. The primary purpose is to enable certain circuits to maintain their ability to operate for an extended time during a fire emergency.

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Game Playing aka Misapplied Ethics
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There are ways to combat unethical practices It's clear that an estimator's duties are not simple, but no one should take the easy route and submit to ethical violations.

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The Emerging DG Market
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Distributed generation (DG) refers to the practice of locating small-scale electric generating units at or near the load served. With distributed generation, individual buildings or complexes can have a local electric power supply that provides some or all of the facility's electric energy needs.

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One-Stop Shop A Hit
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Dynalectric says ‘play ball’ at Omni San Diego Hotel WHEN JOHN MOORE’S planned development of the Omni San Diego Hotel, it was fairly personal.

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Pulling Strings on Hotel Construction
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Be aware of the franchise label in your construction work The hospitality industry produces hundreds of new franchised hotels each year.

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Filling Staff Vacancies
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Consider experience, skills and personality Judging by some labor shortages, perhaps the drought of work is coming to an end. At the same time, contractors may be considering changes for the better in the estimating department.

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Training Is Paramount
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Training and education are an important part of your business. It keeps you and your workers up-to-date with the latest industry trends, which translates into money.

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Selling and Buying Negotiation Strategies
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Nine Points to Help Reach Agreements There are hundreds of books and articles on the “art” of negotiation. Many of them are helpful, but too many are filled with war stories whose instructions may be hard to apply to your specific issue. Some people are natural negotiators.

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