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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. 

Have you noticed the trend in the business press connecting employee happiness with loyalty and retention? For young workers, money is no longer the sole consideration. Now, they seek unquantifiable factors, such as enjoyment and fulfillment.

Channellock’s 440 12-inch straight-jaw, tongue- and-groove pliers

Most hand tools used by electricians have evolved to improve function, ergonomics and durability. Over time, a simple tool can adjust to special applications. Consider how many types of pliers are available today.


The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is foretelling a good year ahead for home remodeling. According to the organization’s 2017 projections, in the average zip code, remodelers will spend roughly $6,200 per home improvement project, up from $5,800 in NAHB’s 2016 projections.

As President of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), I am proud that our members work hard to make their voices heard around the country.

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How often have you told yourself, if I had it to do over, I would have done things differently? My thinking is that hindsight is 50/50, because the correct answer isn’t always clear. Even so, when I read the court’s opinion in St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v.


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Tip of the Iceberg

Imagine being given a credit card with a seemingly infinite limit, and you never have to pay a bill. That, essentially, is the scenario many data center managers have enjoyed for the last decade or more when it comes to electricity-use oversight.


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DOE Completes Study on Pennsylvania Coal-to-Liquid Fuels Project

The first-of-its-kind coal-to-liquid fuel project planned for Pennsylvania took another significant step forward with the completion of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) final environmental evaluation. The DOE published its “Final Envi-ronmental Impact Statement” (EIS) on Nov.


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The Next Level

The implementation of design/build means more power and input for any given specialty contractor on the job site. It puts more responsibility on the contractor and also gives said contractor the opportunity to provide myriad services that extend beyond installation.


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Lightning Strike Closes Power Plant Until Late 2007 or Early 2008

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation updated the cost and timeline for repairing the damage resulting from the Oct. 6, 2007, lightning strike at its 321-megawatt Weston 3 power plant near Wausau, Wis.


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Candle in the Wind

A recent trip to a Latin American country helped remind me of so much that we often take for granted in the United States.


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