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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. 

Google has made public new agreements to buy renewable energy to power its operations, according to an article in The New York Times. This will almost double its current green-energy promises.


Do you ever wonder if your attitudes about money are normal? Your family, culture and level of financial literacy influence your relationship with money and attitudes about accumulating, using and managing your finances.

Congress has been active recently on legislation that concerns electrical contractors. 


Mobile scanner for Dynamic Systems CheckMate Toolroom system

Keeping track of tools—whether just a few or hundreds—is a challenge that computers have made much easier. Software developed specifically for managing tools and equipment has replaced simple lists and spreadsheets.

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Tools of the Trade

Some contractors buy as few tools as they possibly can while others consider tools an investment to enhance their productivity, so they embrace them,” said Jim Eisele, Greenlee Textron product manager. To a large extent, tools are necessary to perform electrical jobs.


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Ready for Takeoff

In a recent article, we covered the need for having a “pre-flight check” performed before moving existing or installing new information technology (IT) equipment into a newly constructed computer room.


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Powering the Next Generation

An energy transition with the potential to revolutionize the country's infrastructure is gaining momentum. It is not brokered through expanded power grids or traditional fossil-based economics-it is powered through fuel cells. Fuel cell development is on the upswing.


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Getting from There to Here

You have seen them: tall, gangling, steel structures-known as high-tension lines-that transport hundreds of kilovolts. These rights-of-way are used to safely move transmission-level bulk power from the generators to the distribution substations.


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Illuminating a New Field: Electrical Contractors as Lighting Designers

Ask a handful of electrical contractors how they feel about becoming active in the lighting design field and you are sure to receive a plethora of conflicting responses.


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Stay out of My Business!

The concept of a covenant not to compete is deceptively simple. During the course of employment, and for some time thereafter, the employee is not to compete with the employer's business within a defined geographic area.


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Rewiring the Industry

The electrical contracting industry's focus is shifting and expanding rapidly. Design-build jobs are making up a greater portion of industry projects and more electrical contractors are working in the installation of information transport systems (ITS).


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