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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. 

The NECA Show is the biggest trade show and convention in the electrical construction industry. Each year, thousands of contractors and hundreds of exhibitors descend on a choice city, and this year, it was in Seattle.

For decades, new power and telephone lines serving housing developments and office parks, government complexes and educational campuses have been placed underground.

AFCI protection is vital to overall home safety, but the complex technology can often present challenges. Join Leviton and Electrical Contractor magazine on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. EDT to learn more about the latest code requirements, specific applications, options available and troubleshooting tips.

Meaningless emails are a bane. In a construction lawsuit I tried last year, the parties exchanged their project documents, which included more than 200,000 emails each.

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Don't Worry, I'll Take Care of You

Example 1: During a push to get a new department store finished, the owner changes lighting layouts. He also decides to expand a storage area. No new drawings are issued, and the owner’s representative tells you to go ahead on verbal instructions.


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Demand-Side Management

Here's a scenario you may find familiar: Oil and gas prices rise as concerns about supplies worsen. Electricity rates begin a climb that seems unlikely to reverse itself.


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Watch the Pennies

The holidays are over, and you are facing a new calendar and a tough economy. When money is tight and the market is down, it’s time to look for waste. When you start a business, you are conscious of every purchase and monitor cash flow.


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Time Flies

Where does all my time go? I’m working as hard as I can, and I still cannot keep up. There simply isn’t enough time for everything.


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Arrogance, Ignorance, Greed - Oh, My!

Even with a new administration coming to Washington, D.C., next month, electrical contractors will struggle to accept the recent bailout and its effect on the economy. What can we learn from the factors that created the debacle? Arrogance


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The Supervisor's Environment

Last month, we began a discussion of project delivery systems (PDS) with the objective of learning how the nature of the PDS affects the responsibilities of the electrical supervisor.


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Watch What You Sign

My law firm recently defended a title company and its settlement agent in a case involving allegations of predatory lending. It emphasized a few important points. First, written contracts matter. Second, they matter perhaps far more than individuals understand.


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