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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. 

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These days, almost anything for the home can be automated. Door locks, window blinds, switches, toasters—all are available as "smart devices" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite this bevy of products, they can’t all work together.

A case in point


Everyone has encountered difficult contractors. You may or may not have an idea of what would be the ideal contractor to work with, but everyone has at least one clear instance of a general contractor that seemed to be from some evil nether region.


January marks the beginning of my third and final year as NECA’s president. 
I certainly can say I’ve enjoyed the experience, and I’m happy to report we’re a growing organization that has made tremendous strides. There is a lot to look forward to.

Milwaukee Tool 6-in-1 combination wire  pliers with redesigned  stripping capacity

Pliers, wire strippers, screwdrivers and crimpers are all basic hand tools electricians have used for decades. However, compared to older versions, continuing advancements and improvements have made today’s hand tools more versatile, easier to use and more durable.


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The Good Earth

Grounding systems work to prevent power quality phenomena:


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TLC for Medical Equipment

Electrical distribution systems need regular examination:


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High-Performance Contracting

Compete with your skills, not with your wallet: The design/build project delivery method continues to catch on, but many end-users don’t realize there are variations on the basic model; for example, high-performance contracting is considered one of the subsets of design/build and an offshoot of perf


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NECA Transmissions

This month, NECA CEO John Grau launched his new web blog, NECA Transmissions; "NECA Transmissions isn't just a blog about the association," he said. " I want NECA Transmissions to continue the conversations I had with contractors and chapter leaders at several recent NECA meetings.


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The State of Your Estate

Planning to pass on ownership: The equity in a privately held business is usually the largest asset in the owner’s personal estate, and many owners fail to maintain and update documents that coordinate the business with their personal financial plans; make sure that doesn’t happen to you.


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Electroindustry Confidence Index Rises in February

February was a healthy month for the electroindustry, and the future appears bright as well, according to senior industry executives responding to National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) monthly Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) survey; seven of the eight EBCI indices imp


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Attention to Detail

Because everything’s connected—somewhere: Do you know what integrated systems are and how to estimate them? They’re not really that different from standard low-voltage systems, but they require more attention to the drawing details and specifications.


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