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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 each project, electrical contractors must ensure the right equipment is on-site, that it’s affordable and, most important, safe and reliable. But what to do when dealing with installed equipment or with tools and equipment that they don’t own? How do they know it’s safe and hasn’t been damaged?

Sometimes you have a choice to get wet; sometimes you don’t. Splashing through puddles for fun is one thing. Forgetting your umbrella is another. Getting doused with 27 trillion gallons of rain, which is how much Hurricane Harvey dumped on Texas and Louisiana, is altogether something else. 

Often, people in our industry have more than one job title. Smaller shop owners often wear many hats. As businesses grow, one of the most frequent pairings is estimating and project management. 


Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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The Supervisor's Environment

Last month, we began a discussion of project delivery systems (PDS) with the objective of learning how the nature of the PDS affects the responsibilities of the electrical supervisor.


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Watch What You Sign

My law firm recently defended a title company and its settlement agent in a case involving allegations of predatory lending. It emphasized a few important points. First, written contracts matter. Second, they matter perhaps far more than individuals understand.


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Estimating Electrical Rooms

When trying to determine where they might lose labor on a project, why would an electrical estimator focus on the switchgear and electrical rooms? Can there really be much to worry about? These rooms pale in comparison to the rest of the project, right?


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Turning Down the Heat

Businesses, especially in the financial community, are increasingly reliant on information. This has sent the demand to process and store digital information skyrocketing, turning the heat up on data centers’ computer resources.


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India, Sri Lanka Go Deep for Power Transmission Project

India and Sri Lanka firmed up plans to lay a 285-km undersea power transmission line between the two nations at an estimated cost of $450 million. The project started in November 2008.


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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Recently, a knowledgeable colleague said we really don’t need precisely aligned, continuously sampled and calculated harmonics to get an accurate picture of what the average harmonics are.


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An Everyday Event

Though May is officially National Electrical Safety Month, the statistics for electrocution of electricians indicate that we should make it an everyday event. People have been “playing” with electricity since the 6th century B.C.


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