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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. 

In the quest for more sustainable energy practices, no technology is left out of the mix. For example, combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, has been around for many years, mostly in the domain of utilities and the industrial sector.

As estimators, we are sometimes called on to create and maintain schedules. Many of us actually hold the position of estimator/project manager, so we are wholly responsible for scheduling our own projects.


Telecommunications regulations have a long and storied history in politics and government, and it was recently declared that net neutrality falls under these previously established rules.

Rising energy costs, maturing technologies, simplified interfaces, government initiatives and utility incentives are all driving the predicted 29.5 percent compound annual growth rate of the global smart homes and buildings market, creating any number of opportunities for electrical contractors (ECs

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The Law of Unconscionability
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Defining the gray areas At its heart, unconscionability is equivalent to unscrupulous conduct, but this area of the law is generally uncharted waters. Can we come up with a helpful definition? In one case, a contractor garnered huge profits on a government job.

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Fiber Optic Standards
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What would we do without them? Standards affect all of us, everywhere we go. The minute details of standards are required to allow widespread use of products and to facilitate commerce.

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Pre-Training Decisions
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What does it take to be an estimator? I am frequently asked what type of courses would help prepare someone to become an estimator.

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Article 220-Branch Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations
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Cooking Equipment Calculations, Part III 220.19 Electric Ranges and Other Cooking Appliances Article 220 of the National Electrical Code contains specifications for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads.

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Are We There Yet?
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What’s the status of women in electrical contracting?

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The Maximum Security Market
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The corrections industry offers plenty of work for contractors As the population of prison inmates continues to grow, there is a corresponding challenge to design correctional facilities that can be built both quickly and on budget.

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PQ's (Second) Most Wanted
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Continuing to look at power quality’s biggest enemies As a continuation of last month’s article, here are a couple of additional “pictures” of the most popular PQ criminals for the office wall to help quickly identify what the squiggly lines mean and to find the source of problems.

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