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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. 

Change orders—we love them, and we hate them. Preparing a change order used to be enjoyable. The drawings were clear, the changes were clouded and we were allowed to make a profit. All we submitted was a lump-sum proposal, which was rarely questioned and never outright rejected.

The world’s longest and widest floating bridge spans a portion of Highway 520 in Washington state, one of the busiest corridors in the Puget Sound region. The bridge stretches 1.4 miles across Lake Washington and measures 116 feet wide at its midpoint.

Rachel Hienz would have never expected the situation that was about to unfold as she entered a bank branch one morning. She was there for a pre-job walk-through with other representatives of companies that would soon begin renovations on the building.


Milwaukee 18V lithium-ion deep-cut band saw

Saws often are needed for electrical work, and the cordless saw models available today are more powerful, smaller, lighter and easier to use compared with older models.


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Ceramic Membrane Technology May Clean up Power Stations

A research team led by Britain’s Newcastle University stated greenhouse gas emissions from power stations could be cut to almost zero by controlling the combustion process with tiny tubes made from an advanced ceramic material.


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According to Study, Customers Less Satisfied with Utilities

As electricity prices increase for a fifth consecutive year and many customers report experiencing an increase in the duration of power outages, overall customer satisfaction has fallen among residential customers served by the nation’s 76 largest electric utilities, according to the J.D.


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By the Bay

The last time NECA’s convention and trade show was held in San Francisco was 16 years ago, and those who haven’t visited since will notice many changes. Yet in many ways, the city by the bay remains the same.


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NECA Show: Progressively Better Every Year

News about the events and learning opportunities planned for NECA 2007 San Francisco are featured in both the Industry Watch and NECA Notes sections of the magazine this month. This double exposure indicates that excitement is heating up.


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PSE&G to Install More Energy-Efficient Equipment

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) of New Jersey announced plans to invest in more efficient electric delivery equipment, a move expected to reduce energy use and cut carbon emissions by 60,000 tons by the year 2020.


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NECA Convention to Light up San Francisco

From October 5–8, 2007, if there is an electrical problem in San Francisco, there will be plenty of electricians on hand to help.


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Nothing to Yawn About

If the stock market makes you nervous with its volatile ups and downs, you may want to take a good look at a more conservative alternative to stocks—municipal bonds. Mention tax-free municipals to some investors and you will be greeted with a big yawn.


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