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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. 

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.

As part of my law practice­­, I regularly review recent decisions from state and federal courts around the country on construction law issues. For the most part, these court rulings do not contain surprises, except for the many and varied ways in which contractors can get into trouble.


If you take your MRI to a dozen doctors, you may get several different opinions about the cause of your back pain. Likewise, if you take your financial picture to a dozen financial planners, you may get several different opinions about how you should invest your money.

Jason Glover of Thompson Electric explains how the controls work for a city water system.

How early is too early to get youth interested in a career in electrical contracting? According to management at Thompson Electric Co. (Sioux City, Iowa), fifth grade may not be too early.

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Renovation 2010

There are different types of lighting retrofit projects: fixture replacement, relocation, repair, ballast retrofit, clean and relamp only, and various other fixture-related tasks; some projects may not even involve working with existing lumminaires.


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Liar, Liar?

Last month, we reviewed the lies in financial statements, which are both legal and ethical; this month, we move up to illegal and unethical actions. Electrical contractors must be vigilant to avoid the steps that can lead to lies and avoid being victimized.


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It's a Small, Small World: Microgrids

Bringing power to the people could be more than just a 1960’s era goal for social change if promoters of localized electricity distribution systems—called “microgrids”—have their way.


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Construction Unemployment Nears 20 Percent

Despite a slow down in the number of construction workers losing jobs in November, 19 percent of the nation’s construction workers are now unemployed, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.


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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

When pundits offer statistics in support of their opinions, it is hard to know whether to trust the numbers; economics and finance are difficult enough to navigate without suspecting that someone with an agenda is deliberately misleading you.


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Give Me My Money Back

There is no way around it. The concept of revocation of acceptance is an odd one. If you pay for goods or services that turn out to be less than what you bargained for, your first thought might be to sue for damages for breach of contract.


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