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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. 

Displays of the new LEDs on San Francisco City Hall

On Apr. 18, 1906, an 8.3 earthquake shook San Francisco, caused fires and destroyed much of the city. All that remained of San Francisco City Hall was the dome. Instead of rebuilding the structure, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to fabricate a new building.

Cupertino Electric Foremen Bryan Garcia and Kevin Zumwalt repair the lighting fixture as San Jose PAL representatives Saul Duran and Juan Reyes look on.

In May 2015, thieves stole copper wire from a light pole at the Police Activities League (PAL) Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

As more distributed energy technologies have been created in recent years, opportunities for electrical contractors to install and maintain the equipment have grown. However, while the trend is seen as positive for the customers and contractors, utilities are losing sales of their power.

San Francisco Airport’s new air traffic control tower (ATCT) is not only a functional facility, but it’s also a 221-foot-tall work of art and a new landmark for the Bay Area. 

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Making the Move (and the Adds and Changes)

According to the U.S. Census of Construction report, electrical contractors billed $9.7 billion worth of telecommunication work in 1997.

Renovation: Boom or Bust

Cities on the East Coast have a tremendous sway over developers. It is a lot more difficult to get approval to build a 30-story building than to renovate an existing 10-story one,” said Glenn Kingsbury, manager, NECA's Boston Chapter.

Training and Hiring CAD Experts

When computer-drawn Blueprints for electrical contractors And other tradesmen first appeared, few people really understood AutoCAD or how to use it. In today's fast-paced construction industry, if you are still unsure of what CAD can do, you may find yourself losing out on some valuable contracts.

Playing with a Half Deck

Seems like there is a new power-quality instrument being advertised in the trade journals each month-or at least devices that claim such capabilities in their ads.

Comparing PV Technologies

There are a number of photovoltaic (PV) technologies available for converting sunlight into electrical energy. For building applications, technologies that are commercially available are predominately silicon-based and can be categorized as either crystalline silicon or thin film.

Getting the most from distributors

Contractors depend on distributors for myriad materials and supplies. But as construction projects become increasingly complex, progressive distributors offer more than shelves stocked with products.

When Inaction Is Louder than Words

A few years ago, a friend asked me for a legal definition of substantial completion. That was easy: beneficial occupancy. However, the substitution of one phrase with another was of little help.