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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. 

It can be safely said that 2016 has been a memorable year in Washington, D.C. Everything the experts knew about politics was turned upside down and inside out as the election results broke nearly every rule we have ever known.

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These days, almost anything for the home can be automated. Door locks, window blinds, switches, toasters—all are available as "smart devices" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite this bevy of products, they can’t all work together.

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It's an irony of moder construction that, to deliver power to a job site, an electrical contractor must first establish temporary power.

Siemens has opened submissions for its fourth annual Engineering Innovation Award for Fire and Life Safety design.

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Feeling Disconnected?

Regardless of size and type, disconnect switches are typically shown as the same, nondescript symbol. If you don’t find out and know everything you can about the disconnect switches you are estimating, you could be losing your company thousands of dollars and even a bid here and there.


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Out of Sight

At a recent training session in Washington, DC, we plugged a power quality monitor into a baseboard outlet to get data to illustrate the different parameters and characteristics of voltage and current waveforms.


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Does Your Labor Know How to Be Productive?

As an electrical contractor or a project manager, the million-dollar question is “How do I get the guys to be more productive?” How often do you ask yourself this question, and how often are you surprised that the labor does not think of solving job productivity issues in what seems to you the most


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ComEd Announces Custerms' Home Makeover

More than 200 seniors at a Downers Grove, Illinois, apartment complex will see their electric bills decline after ComEd, the utility serving the area, completes a large energy makeover.


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A Case to Test Your Judgment

How often have you told yourself, if I had it to do over, I would have done things differently? My thinking is that hindsight is 50/50, because the correct answer isn’t always clear. Even so, when I read the court’s opinion in St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v.


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DOE Completes Study on Pennsylvania Coal-to-Liquid Fuels Project

The first-of-its-kind coal-to-liquid fuel project planned for Pennsylvania took another significant step forward with the completion of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) final environmental evaluation. The DOE published its “Final Envi-ronmental Impact Statement” (EIS) on Nov.


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The Next Level

The implementation of design/build means more power and input for any given specialty contractor on the job site. It puts more responsibility on the contractor and also gives said contractor the opportunity to provide myriad services that extend beyond installation.


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