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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. 

Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner and quieter and now have a proven track-record in applications like nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events, and airport operations, making them ready for commercialization and broader use.


Retirement planning is complicated, with many risks and legal pitfalls. It is worth investing time and money with a financial adviser who specializes in retirement. A little preparation will help you get ready for your first meeting and result in a plan that fits your expectations and goals.


The political debate over net neutrality rages on with millions of people who have differing vested interests in the future of Internet connectivity in the United States. 


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Every home, business and industrial facility contains electrical wires that bring in and distribute power for lighting, heating and cooling systems; for computers and other equipment, such as motors and generators; and for multiple other purposes.

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Leasing Vs. Buying
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It’s almost certain your company will add equipment and tools to its inventory this year. What’s less certain is whether you will buy outright or lease. Neither choice is all good or all bad, but the result will make a difference on your balance sheet and tax statements.

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Taking the Suspense Out of a Suspension of Work
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On almost every project, large or small, there will be minor stoppages of all or part of the work. Many of these predictable delays are not significant enough to support a delay claim. For example, you have to shift your crews one day to accommodate the mason.

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Leaving the Laptop at the Office
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Technology is bounding forward in the wireless world and almost every electrical contractor carries one of a variety of cell phones or Internet-related phones, pocket PCs or personal digital assistants (PDAs).

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From Swordfish to Motor Saws
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I still remember the bewildered look on my nephew’s face after watching an episode of “The Flintstones.” Fred had been working at his quarry in Bedrock and sawing off a giant piece of stone with a live swordfish.

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Electrician Shortage-- It's Too Late to Avoid It
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Readers: Please note, this story contains numerous informational tables. Please refer to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine to obtain them.

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One Plus One Does Not Equal Two
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Licensing statutes and regulations are among the more non-uniform laws in this country, besides lien laws. The primary focus of licensing is supposed to be for public health and safety.

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A Sunny Future for the Photovoltaics Market
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It’s been said that opportunities in solar power photovoltaics—abound for electrical contractors. True or false? You be the judge. Thirty-five states provide some type of solar incentive, ranging from sales tax and property tax waivers to investment credits.

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