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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. 

Started in St. Louis in 1953, PayneCrest Electric Co. Inc. is broadly diversified in electrical and communications installation work, which the company now takes on throughout the United States.

The digital age has given us plenty of new lingo. From smartphones to the Internet of Things (IoT), the growth of technology has also created its own vocabulary. Now, it is time to add the term “smart state” to our digital dictionary.

Flire CM174 600A AC/DC imaging clamp meter with infrared guided measurement

Thermal imaging is a well-established method of detecting potential problems and issues in electrical systems.

Electrical contractors that perform a lot of hospital work, especially lighting projects, may have a whole new type of work to look forward to in the future.

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'Joe' Dickey Electric Revives Salem Hospital

During the Northeast blackout in 2003, some facilities could not afford the loss of power. One was Salem Community Hospital in Salem, Ohio, which barely maintained its power using generators.

Estimating Under Pressure, Part 2

A new week of estimating has begun, giving you another chance to beat your bid schedule. You tell yourself that this week you will take a lunch break every day and go home on time. You will not be distracted. You will make every minute count, and you will not work on Saturday.

Tools of the Trade

Some contractors buy as few tools as they possibly can while others consider tools an investment to enhance their productivity, so they embrace them,” said Jim Eisele, Greenlee Textron product manager. To a large extent, tools are necessary to perform electrical jobs.

Ready for Takeoff

In a recent article, we covered the need for having a “pre-flight check” performed before moving existing or installing new information technology (IT) equipment into a newly constructed computer room.

Team Selling

Many contractors find marketing to be a painful endeavor. Word-of-mouth and repeat business used to be enough to sustain established companies, but increased competition has made selling a requirement-not just an occasional way to drum up business.

Estimating Under Pressure

In today's fast-paced and highly competitive industry, estimators are often asked to achieve the impossible: estimate numerous projects, both large and small, and in a very short amount of time. The pressure placed on an estimating team can be intense, to say the least.

Powering the Next Generation

An energy transition with the potential to revolutionize the country's infrastructure is gaining momentum. It is not brokered through expanded power grids or traditional fossil-based economics-it is powered through fuel cells. Fuel cell development is on the upswing.