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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. 

Ford full-size Transit Van and Transit Connect compact van

Whether a one-man shop or multidivision contracting company with hundreds of employees, electrical contracting companies and electricians need trucks.


According to Richard Kim, energy sector leader of Korn Ferry Futurestep (a division of Korn Ferry executive search firm), the biggest challenges for electric utilities these days are aging infrastructure and an aging workforce.


Southwire Tools T200K tone and probe

Structured wiring specialists test to confirm cabling is properly connected and operating to specifications. It is often necessary to trace a cable’s route, as well. A tone and probe kit is the tool for that job. It can trace wires inside walls, under floors and above ceilings.

Sprig Electric, a specialty electrical and low-voltage systems contractor in San Jose, Calif., completed wiring and other upgrades at the recently opened 18,000-seat Avaya Stadium in March.

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An Ounce of Prevention ...

Finding Planning time is difficult when you are chasing work in a competitive economy, and nearly impossible when you are booked to capacity.


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Estimators Wanted: Alive, Not Dead

Estimators come in all shapes and sizes. Most I have met are not very athletic, except for a few golf games between bids. I’m sure there are many who are very athletic, but let’s face it—on any given day, our most strenuous moment is lifting a 40-pound set of drawings onto our workstation.


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Power Quality Safety

As I prepare to chair the next meeting of the NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance committee, I reviewed some of the more significant changes made in the 2006 edition.


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On the Cutting Board

After many months of wrangling, the $70-billion, Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2006 is now a reality.


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LEEDing Edge

Building owners are becoming increasingly interested in sustainable construction and having their buildings certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.


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Power Hour

Why don’t electrical contractors spend more time reviewing their financial statements? How much time does it really take to do a financial self-examination? Do you have to be an accountant or financial wizard to evaluate the status of your financial health? It might be easier than you think.


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Estimating Blind

As the economy stands on firmer ground, privately funded buildings are coming back to life, bringing a surge of design-build projects with it. This is very good news for estimators, because more buildings mean more work to bid on and win for the company.


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