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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. 

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

Last month, this column provided ideas about how economic forces affect a company’s pricing decisions.

Less than a month after a series of unprecedented wildfires devastated several Northern California communities, controversy has ignited over who is at fault.

A state-of-the-art Veteran Affairs outpatient clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., serves military veterans with everything from personal care to laboratory and prescription services in its handicapped-accessible facilities. Colorado Springs-based contractor Berwick Electric Co.

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The PQ Doctor's Bag

For the most part, the medical doctor who makes house calls is a thing of the past.

Return to Sender

No matter how thorough and complete the drawings and specifications, there will be manufacturing and installation details that are left to the contractor. These details are often shown on shop drawings.

Mid-Atlantic Utilities Fight Record Snowstorms

In February 2010, two record-breaking, back-to-back snowstorms pounded the Mid-Atlantic region.

Southern California Utilities Getting Smart About Storage

In times of great change, innovation becomes the norm. Already ahead of the curve for tapping plentiful solar, wind and other renewable sources, California continues to feed that trend. The state recently announced new, mandatory green-building standards.

Enlightened With Power

Last month’s article touched on photovoltaic (PV) arrays as a renewable power source. According to, the installation cost of PV modules is still high ($4.31 per watt).

Know the Scope

The estimation of a residential project should never be taken casually because they can be just as complex and design-intensive as any commercial one. So don’t just assume you are simply taking off another “rope job.”

Statistically Speaking

Nineteenth-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is often credited with the statement, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” This column has discussed the lies and the damn lies.