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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. 

Displays of the new LEDs on San Francisco City Hall

On Apr. 18, 1906, an 8.3 earthquake shook San Francisco, caused fires and destroyed much of the city. All that remained of San Francisco City Hall was the dome. Instead of rebuilding the structure, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to fabricate a new building.

Cupertino Electric Foremen Bryan Garcia and Kevin Zumwalt repair the lighting fixture as San Jose PAL representatives Saul Duran and Juan Reyes look on.

In May 2015, thieves stole copper wire from a light pole at the Police Activities League (PAL) Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

As more distributed energy technologies have been created in recent years, opportunities for electrical contractors to install and maintain the equipment have grown. However, while the trend is seen as positive for the customers and contractors, utilities are losing sales of their power.

San Francisco Airport’s new air traffic control tower (ATCT) is not only a functional facility, but it’s also a 221-foot-tall work of art and a new landmark for the Bay Area. 

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The ABCs of DC DG

Distributed generation (DG) locates small-scale power generating units close to the load served.

A Whole New Ballgame

Lighting demands are changing the nature of recreational field installation Athletes may be playing ball in the dark before long.

Order In The House

Inventory management tools are a boon for distributors and contractors alike Running leaner, more efficient and higher-profit operations is on the mind of every electrical contractor.

The Upside Of Down Time

Use it to your advantage Down time erodes profit, frustrates field employees and annoys managers. Even the best scheduling won’t completely eliminate all gaps in field productivity.

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?

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.

Article 220-Cooking Equipment Calculations, Part VI

220.19 Electric Ranges and Other Cooking Appliances Specifications for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads are in Article 220 of the National Electrical Code. This article is divided into four parts: I. General, II. Feeders and Services, III.