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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. 

As the connectivity of devices over the Internet becomes more commonplace, the need for a universal standard to support that connection becomes greater.


There is a lot of discussion about bid shopping in several of the forums I participate in, so I thought this would be good time to revisit the subject and bring things up to date. I learned very early in my career that having the low number at bid time did not guarantee you a contract. 


Hawaiian Electric Co. recently announced plans that will lower customer electric bills by 20 percent.

DeWalt 12V Max XR lithium-ion battery

All lithium-ion batteries are not the same, and four toolmakers describe here what makes their batteries unique.


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Downtime Leads to Lost Revenue
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One of the most power-quality aware industries is the financial market, as it is one of the most dependent on the uninterruptible operation of computer and communications technology equipment for their business to generate “positive money.” It is not surprising that many of the members of the 7x24

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'Mistakes' and the Law
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We all make mistakes. Often, there are no ramifications and the error in judgment can be resolved with an excuse or apology. In contract law, mistakes have a deeper meaning, and the results can be harsh. The law characterizes mistakes and places them into categories.

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Why Not Wireless?
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It’s nonsense that electrical contractors, traditionally a cable-and-wire bound profession, can do without wireless.

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Partnering with Your Distributor
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Electrical contractors traditionally have a lot to say about how their distributors could make their lives easier. Problems range from not getting all the parts in one shipment to delivery delays to emergency service failures—all of which cost time and money.

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Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part VII
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210.70(A)(2) Lighting Outlets Required Lighting outlet and wall switch provisions for dwelling units, guest rooms (hotel, motel and similar occupancies) and certain areas in non-dwelling occupancies are covered in 210.70(A) through (C).

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Reasons to Rent
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When Ernie Audet Jr. wants a new piece of equipment quickly, he rents. Audet wastes time and money when he lacks equipment needed for a job. Rental equipment is a $25 billion industry and almost all contractors—large and small—depend on it. Audet’s firm, E. W.

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Can I Get a Witness?
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Construction companies often retain the services of consultants/experts to assist in preparing a claim or in presenting a dispute in court or arbitration. The range of services offered is extensive. Almost all bar journals and trade magazines carry advertisements for expert advice and testimony.

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