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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. 

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On a regular basis, Contractors ask me to review their contracts before they sign.

In the utility sector, not many issues cause industry stakeholders more anxiety than the aging infrastructure and continuously increasing demand. Around the country, utilities are investing heavily to keep up with degradation and power-hungry consumers.


Beginning this month, we are taking a fresh look at Ideas That Work. This column has been part of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine for many years, and most submitted ideas have been time saving and practical.

It isn’t often that an electrical contractor (EC) literally goes airborne during system testing and commissioning.

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Don't Be Intimidated by Government Contracting
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Many designers, installers and building management personnel view working with the federal government as appealing as getting an electric shock.

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Governing Power Quality
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When most people think of the word “government,” the word “regulation” is usually close behind. The government regulates the speed that you can drive on the highways, how much income tax you pay, how much pollution a factory can emit, even which drugs can be sold (legally).

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Federal Government Contracting: A Different Culture
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The Spearin Doctrine, Christian Doctrine, False Claims Act, BCAs, FARs, Davis-Bacon. If you do not know all of these concepts, you should rethink bidding on a federal government project. One of my clients was awarded a subcontract on an Air Force job.

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Airport Renovation: The Jet Set Gets a Makeover
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Patience is a virtue with complicated projects of this nature. A bustling airport is a sign of a vibrant community with a healthy economy; however, it doesn’t make for a great construction site.

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Coming Soon to a Utility Pole Near You
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The federal government has been driving the process to develop an interconnected standard to establish the criteria and requirements of distributed generation (also called distributed resources or dispersed generation) to be connected into the utility-owned electric power grid.

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Jersey City Medical Worth the Wait
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First Phase of Medical Center Completed The construction of a new medical center is welcome news to the Jersey City community. Jersey City, N.J., has changed. Located in Hudson County and within sight of the majestic Statute of Liberty, it has grown and redeveloped—gentrified if you will.

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Healthy Healthcare Security
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When my 4-year-old son required hospitalization in March, the parent in me was happy with the facility. But the editor in me paid close attention to security systems and procedures, seeking holes—ways intruders could dodge the system and gain access.

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