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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. 

California has always prided itself on being bigger, better and brighter. Nowhere is this more evident than in the race to break ground in the field of renewable-energy technologies.


The vacuum excavator is a portable, dual-purpose machine. It is a “soft” excavator that can dig precisely controlled holes using either highly pressurized air or water, and it is a powerful mobile vacuum system for most types of job-site cleanup.

While solar power’s popularity as a form of distributed generation has skyrocketed in recent years, financing for these projects remains a challenge for many property owners.


Sometimes an apparently general specification calls for a type of device or piece of equipment, and it turns out that only one manufacturer makes it.

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Underground Construction
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Electrical contractors who perform utility work have been burying electrical cable for years.

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The Need for Speed
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Just like Tom Cruise’s character in the movie “Top Gun,” your customers “feel the need for speed” in their Internet connections and networks. A recent FCC report on high-speed Internet access showed that broadband Internet access increased by 55 percent in the United States in 2002.

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Uprooting the Past
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In the past, when power flowed as a sine wave, the square root of three was used to convert between line-to-line voltages and line-to-neutral voltages.

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The Magic Behind Theme Park Jobs
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“It’s not like building a school or a classroom. It’s a vision put on paper. And when you see the theme come to life, you get engrossed in it, feel the whole thing, live it—the design, the purpose and the outcome,” said Andy De La Parte, president, A & A Electric Services Inc.

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The Hub of the Universe
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Thousands of people rush through the airport terminal in Louisville, Ky., every day, never suspecting the activity going on next door. The airport is also home to a mammoth state-of-the-art UPS sorting station unrivaled for speed and efficiency.

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TIA Notes
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If you missed it, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR 42 committee meetings were held in early June. It’s time to pay attention, since many of their decisions can affect the contractor, as you’ll see below.

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Disconnect for Ranges, Wiring a Pool Pump Motor and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 250 Grounding Article 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cables: Types NM, NMC and NMS Article 422 Appliances Article 517 Health Care Facilities Article 680 Swimming Pools, Fountains and Similar Installations Grounding a feeder circ

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