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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. 

The digital age is all about innovation. One new technology complements another until we are living in a world that is only a few steps removed from what would have once been considered science fiction.


Senate Chamber ceiling and upper level with recessed and cove lighting fixtures were installed by Lynnwell.

When a facility such as the Edward M. Kennedy Institute (EMKI) opens its doors to the public, the collaboration that made it a reality isn’t apparent.

For 129 years, the Statue of Liberty has towered over New York Harbor as a symbol of freedom. In July, a lighting change gave the iconic landmark a brighter look.


AEMC 5233 Trms digital multimeter with function for nonelectric contact testing

In recent years, there has been a trend to increase functionality of many tools and testers that electricians use. The idea is that, if one tool can do multiple tasks, electricians will need fewer tools, which can mean a lighter tool belt or box.

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Derating Conductors, Installing Outlets in Dwelling Units and More
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Article 100 Definitions Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 240 Overcurrent Protection Article 250 Grounding Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 422 Appliances Article 680 Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations Derating Parallel Conductors Q: I installed a 400-ampere, 4-w

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Will iPods Be Next?
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These days, the estimating process is not causing many estimators furrowed brows. Problems are arising with how plans are transmitted from the engineer to the contractor.

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Here Comes BPL-You'd Better Duck
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If your firm does telecomm work, this is worth reading. Although it has been talked about for several decades, modulated radio frequency communications over power lines never really took off because there were difficult technical challenges and no cost-effective solutions. No more.

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Changes to Receptacle Spacing in 2005 NEC
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Most electricians are very familiar with the spacing requirements for receptacles in dwelling units.

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Florida Rebuilds
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When four hurricanes pounded into the Southeast during August and September 2004, Florida had a tangle of wires, broken buildings and millions of people without power. For electrical contractors in the Sunshine State, that meant a double whammy.

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Marketing Your VDV Services
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State of the art technology continue to provide electrical contracting firms with opportunities. Customers need help selecting, installing, maintaining and upgrading their voice/data/video (VDV) systems.

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Fire Alarm Systems and Elevator Recall
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In every building taller than two stories-and in some two-story buildings as well-regulations will require you to provide elevator recall as part of the building's fire alarm system installation.

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