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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. 

Times are changing for the electrical contractor (EC). The trend even affects the basics. As Electrical Contractor focuses on the latest developments in cabling and controls, the 2014 NECA Show in Chicago, Sept.

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When I became a trainee estimator, I never worried about what I was going to bid next. My method was simple; I bid on every project my boss told me to. That strategy changed when I moved on to my next employer.

For roughly a century, electrical contractors (ECs) have used copper or aluminum wiring. Their coexistence at times has been competitive. The nature of the application and, in some cases, price have dictated the choice between the metals. 


Solar power alone won’t solve America’s energy woes. Thousands of acres of wind farms won’t get the job done either. In fact, there is not one single way to guarantee we’ll have sufficient energy now and in the future.


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Ground Play beneath Elephants
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Many NECA members, such as my friend Timmy on Maryland’s Eastern Shore who inspired this article, have an annual volume of $2 million or less.

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Columbo No. 3 - Sags Originating within the Facility
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The upstream sags and interruptions caused by faults on the electric utility system are often blamed for being the root of all evil, yet studies have shown that most power quality (PQ) problems originate within the facility itself, as indicated from the following sources:

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VDV Design/Build
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Design/build is becoming the project delivery system of choice for many customers because it offers several advantages over traditional design-bid-build project delivery.

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Getting Ready for Boom Times
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Electrical contracting industry leaders’ talk could lead you to conclude that there is never a chance to critically examine your business practices. When the economy is booming and projects are ample, there is no time for it. When business is stagnating, there is no money for it.

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Entering the Strange World of Deductive Modifications
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Change orders can be expected in construction, including error and omission corrections in the contract documents, changes in design, taking account of changed conditions, and change orders for claims (overtime, delays, and interferences).

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Columbo No. 2 - Sags and Interruptions from Upstream Events
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Last month’s article focused on power factor (PF) capacitor switching transients. Although most power quality (PQ) disturbances originated from within a facility, we will again focus on an upstream event relative to the point-of-common-coupling (PCC), alias the service entrance.

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