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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. 

Selecting the right dimmer and lamp combination can be challenging. The good news is progress is being made.

Do you read the comics? Julie and her son are particular fans of “Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!” by Tim Rickard. It’s about the crew of the space station R.U. Sirius. A recent series featured engineer Cliff Clewless cheating on his digital assistants, each of which thought they were his only one.

An enlightening article in the February issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR touched on an important topic and perspective for the electrical construction industry: women in the workplace.

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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Figuring in Tools and Equipment

I have seen it done many different ways; I have heard twice as many opinions. Sometimes it’s a specific dollar amount entry or a small percentage value; sometimes nothing at all.


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Forgotten But Not Gone

Among the responsibilities of numerous working groups and task forces of the Power Quality Subcommittee under the auspices of the Transmission and Distribution Committee of the Power Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (or more simply, the IEEE PES T&D PQ


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Exert Your Influence

Last month, we considered resources that are outside our span of control, and we discussed setting up the environment in which we can influence or guide those resources in support of our job.


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Micro Grids Fight for Independence from Regional Grid

According to the Burlington Free Press, the summer heat wave of 2006 cost businesses in Stamford, Connecticut, tens of millions of dollars due to resulting power failures.


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VoIP, Cable Telephony Growing Together

As one technology catches on, so does another. According to the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based market research firm, In-Stat, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) usage is up and will continue to grow. The firm reports that 20 percent of U.S.


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Successful Succession Planning, Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed your exit strategy and timetable, and Part 2 covered some options for choosing and preparing your successor. Now, let’s review some transfer strategies.


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Design/Build Infrastructure

That design/build projects account for a growing percentage of major construction projects is a fact recognized by owners and managers of contracting companies. The Design-Build Institute of America estimates 40 percent of today’s construction projects take advantage of the design/build format.


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