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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 power generation environment is changing, and so are the systems used to transmit and store that resource. Microgrids are emerging as one of the key components in the new energy landscape.


Last month we talked about why bid listing laws are a good thing. In summary, general contractors use bid shopping to take profit from the subcontractors and keep those profits for themselves. Bid listing laws are a very effective way of stopping post-award bid shopping. 


Starting next month, the presidency of NECA—and this column—will be in the very capable hands of David Hardt, president of Hardt Electric in Chicago.

Construction work often must be done in areas without power and, therefore, without adequate light. Also, it often must be done outside at night.

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ADA and Its Impact
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Working with conflicting standards In the 13 years since Congress signed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) into law, contractors have experienced confusion over exactly how the law affects fire alarm systems and what role they must play in complying with the law.

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Fixing a Hole
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Identifying the problem is just the first step

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Branch Circuits--Required Receptacle Outlets, Part XII
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210.63 Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Outlet Article 210 specifies provisions for all branch circuits except for branch circuits supplying only motor loads, which are covered in Article 430.

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'I Thought You Were in Charge'
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The problem of apparent authority This tale of sloppy paperwork should serve as a wake-up call:

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Restoring the Fifth Star
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In late August 2002, as he walked up to the job site at Le Bec Fin, a Philadelphia establishment that is one of the nation’s finest restaurants, Michael Kahmar, vice president of Kahmar Electric, started slightly when he noticed the sign posted at the front entrance: “Accepting reservations for Sep

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Securing the Education Market
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School systems, colleges and universities are investing heavily to ensure their facilities adequately protect students from an increasingly unstable outside world.

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Estimating Workers' Compensation Costs
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Contractors’ feedback in the preparation of NECA’s Financial Performance Report (Index #1055) indicates that project costs divide among three major divisions. In general, the job costs will generally consume about 60 percent by way of material and labor costs.

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