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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. 

For 129 years, the Statue of Liberty has towered over New York Harbor as a symbol of freedom. In July, a lighting change gave the iconic landmark a brighter look.


AEMC 5233 Trms digital multimeter with function for nonelectric contact testing

In recent years, there has been a trend to increase functionality of many tools and testers that electricians use. The idea is that, if one tool can do multiple tasks, electricians will need fewer tools, which can mean a lighter tool belt or box.

San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) microgrid supplied electricity to 2,800 customers in Borrego Springs in San Diego County, Calif., on May 21, 2015, during planned grid maintenance. This marked the first time a U.S.

Chris Nichols, Vice President of Special Projects, Sequoyah Electric

“Sequoyah” may look like an alternate spelling for the species of majestic trees that grace the landscape of the western United States.

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In the world of alternative power, “the next big thing” is really small—and you don’t want to miss it. People are racing to become part of a revolutionary craze that boasts the strong potential to change the way we live.

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Managing a Fire Alarm Installation
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A little planning can go a long way In new building construction, electrical contractors most often have the task of installing the fire alarm system. Generally, the fire alarm system does not represent a significant portion of the overall electrical quote.

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Covering All the Bases
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Know where the vulnerable points are at government installations You wouldn’t want to give Al Qaeda or some other group of terrorists access to the government’s most sensitive information, would you?

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Partnering with the Government
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Teams and personal service win out One of the most intriguing aspects of the 9/11 events, from a management perspective, may have to be the renewed interest in partnerships and the trust factor associated with them.

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Larry C. McCrae Inc. played an important role in Revitalizing Philadelphia
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As the first new residential high-rise apartment building constructed in Philadelphia for 15 years, the St. James was designed with the latest high-tech systems.

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Whole-Hog Asset Management
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Know when it’s time to sell ‘old bessie’ If you’re a typical electrical contractor, you’ve probably accumulated fixed assets as the business grew. Calculating ROA, or Return On Assets, will make you aware of just how fixed asset-heavy your company has become.

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Estimating the Cost of an Injury
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Hidden dangers lead to hidden costs Contractors don’t normally involve the estimating department in safety concerns except for those that affect the actual work of the estimator such as job site visits and the like.

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