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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 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.

At the end of last year, I wrote an article about new business possibilities for Electrical Contractors in 2017.

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The ABCs of PoE

According to Daniel Feldman, Technical Chair of the Ethernet Alliance’s PoE subcommittee, the base definition of power over Ethernet (PoE) is, “a technology that allows for the powering of devices through Ethernet cables.” At this time, IEEE 802.3AF is the de facto standard.


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Exploring Uncharted Waters

The movement for green building is charging ahead so fast the law surrounding this type of construction has not been able to keep up and remains largely uncharted territory. It is difficult to predict which standard will rule and how the court will interpret that standard.


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Utility Warns Residents of Thieves

Recently, thieves posing as utility workers have robbed a number of unsuspecting homeowners, and Progress Energy, an electric utility for the Raleigh, N.C., area, encouraged its customers and other residents to beware of scams.


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Intellectual Superpower

It's not news that our national electrical system is in a squeeze; existing transmission lines are reaching carrying capacity just as a new generation of electronics is driving electricity demand higher.


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3-2-1, Blast Off

Last month, we explored the first three steps of FRICTO, a framework for analyzing asset-financing alternatives. As a reminder, FRICTO is difficult to apply to privately held electrical contracting firms in its entirety, since it relies on market-driven stock price for some calculations.


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President Bush Signs Landmark Housing Bill into Law

President Bush signed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 into law, helping homebuyers and strapped borrowers and strengthening the housing finance system, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


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Curing the Blues

Estimating got you down? Giving you the blues? Trust me, I know how you feel. But don’t get too depressed. There’s a cure just up ahead at the crossroads. Perhaps you can make a deal with someone who is waiting there. Though I don’t recommend selling your soul for estimating.


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