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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. 

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.

Flir C2 pocket-size thermal camera

Most tradespeople love gadgets. This is a report about interesting tools and devices not necessarily categorized for electrical work, but which electricians may find useful. 


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