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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. 

Once a crumbling urban area devoid of the manufacturing that had kept it alive for decades, Buffalo, N.Y., has staged a remarkable comeback over the last 10 years.

What do you get when you put a general contractor, a half-dozen subcontractors and an owner on a construction site without anyone talking to each other? Delays and preventable expenses. We’re not laughing either, because it isn’t a joke.

Renewable power still requires government support to challenge fossil fuels. Policies can help lower prices, increase supply and generate more demand.

According to an employment report, released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 4, the construction industry added 6,000 new positions (seasonally adjusted) in July.

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Doubly Green

In a recent article, we briefly discussed the concepts of efficiency and effectiveness with regards to power consumption. It was timely with all the press coverage lately about being “green,” reducing one’s carbon footprint, lessening global warming effects and the like.


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If it Looks Like a Duck ...

Being a member of the Technological Committee for my local school district since its 1994 creation, I have seen first hand the exponential increase in the number of computers, servers, printers, white boards, digital cameras and other technology tools for faculty and students to access each other a


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Waivers of Subrogation

What is a waiver of subrogation? Its provisions are poorly understood and often ignored, but they can be absolutely critical to protecting your business interests. In order to understand the meaning of the waiver, you must first grasp the basic concept of subrogation.


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BIM on ElectricTV.net

If you haven't heard, ElectricTV is a Web site that features video newscasts regarding the electrical industry. It is a joint production of NECA and IBEW, and it is currently in its sixth edition.


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Feeling Disconnected?

Regardless of size and type, disconnect switches are typically shown as the same, nondescript symbol. If you don’t find out and know everything you can about the disconnect switches you are estimating, you could be losing your company thousands of dollars and even a bid here and there.


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Out of Sight

At a recent training session in Washington, DC, we plugged a power quality monitor into a baseboard outlet to get data to illustrate the different parameters and characteristics of voltage and current waveforms.


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Does Your Labor Know How to Be Productive?

As an electrical contractor or a project manager, the million-dollar question is “How do I get the guys to be more productive?” How often do you ask yourself this question, and how often are you surprised that the labor does not think of solving job productivity issues in what seems to you the most


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