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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. 

Have you noticed the trend in the business press connecting employee happiness with loyalty and retention? For young workers, money is no longer the sole consideration. Now, they seek unquantifiable factors, such as enjoyment and fulfillment.

Channellock’s 440 12-inch straight-jaw, tongue- and-groove pliers

Most hand tools used by electricians have evolved to improve function, ergonomics and durability. Over time, a simple tool can adjust to special applications. Consider how many types of pliers are available today.


The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is foretelling a good year ahead for home remodeling. According to the organization’s 2017 projections, in the average zip code, remodelers will spend roughly $6,200 per home improvement project, up from $5,800 in NAHB’s 2016 projections.

As President of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), I am proud that our members work hard to make their voices heard around the country.

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Progress Energy Expands Solar Energy

Progress Energy Florida announced a program that will continue to expand the company’s use of renewable energy sources. The SolarWise for Schools program advances the use of renewable energy through the installation of solar energy systems at schools throughout the utility’s service territory.


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Pass & Seymour/Legrand Files Patent Infringement Complaints

Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S) filed a complaint on Aug. 16, 2007, with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) concerning ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). The complaint alleges infringement of six U.S.


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Ready to Learn

Training is the best and only way for electrical contractors and electricians to stay ahead in a world filled with changing markets, technologies and methodologies.


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What's Watt?

Last month, we reviewed the basics of the power parameters as affected by inductive, capacitive and resistive loads as well as a mixture of two or more of those elements.


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DHS Announces Campaign Against Illegal Immigrant Workers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a massive regulatory and enforcement campaign to address the hiring of illegal immigrants. Its complex collection of rules sets out to make businesses more responsible for their hiring practices in the wake of increased threats from abroad.


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Spelling Test

Most people regard design/build as one of the great equalizers in the construction and contracting world. It helps prevent low-balling the contract, since most decisions are made on a comprehensive skills basis.


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Iowa Company Quickly Rebuilds 345 kV Transmission Line

Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) of Iowa concluded rebuild work and re-energized a 20-mile stretch of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Poweshiek County, Iowa. The transmission line was severely damaged on Feb. 24, 2007, during a major Midwest winter storm.


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