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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 decades, new power and telephone lines serving housing developments and office parks, government complexes and educational campuses have been placed underground.

AFCI protection is vital to overall home safety, but the complex technology can often present challenges. Join Leviton and Electrical Contractor magazine on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. EDT to learn more about the latest code requirements, specific applications, options available and troubleshooting tips.

Meaningless emails are a bane. In a construction lawsuit I tried last year, the parties exchanged their project documents, which included more than 200,000 emails each.

When it comes to advancing in the electrical construction industry, everyone needs to participate in ongoing education.

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In 1989, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued voluntary guidelines for safety and health program management. The guidelines were based on the elements common to all programs used by successful participants of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program.


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Setting the Bar

During the debates surrounding the energy bill President Bush eventually signed last fall, Democrats argued long and hard for a national, mandated target for renewable energy production, called a renewable portfolio standard (RPS).


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Calculating Manpower

As part of calculating your final sell price, you need to determine how many electricians it will take to build the job. The answer could determine whether you need to factor in additional labor costs, such as overtime labor, supervision costs and more labor hours.


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Set Your Phasors

Though it wasn't the result of watching any “Star Trek” reruns, the concept of phasors (or phasers to Trekkies) has been raised in a couple of recent discussions.


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In Praise of the Bar Chart

Einstein's fame rests, in part, on his discovery that time is a variable dimension. Contractors have always known this fact.


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Defending Against the Big Bang

Though not the most common power quality disturbance in most locations, the transient, or rather, the source of the transient, can be one of the loudest.


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Watching out for Your Guys

Last month, we discussed safety and recognized that it is of fundamental importance to the electrical supervisor. The supervisor is at the heart of any job safety program.


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