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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. 

The effects of the Great Recession have been far-reaching, and it left many construction companies scrambling to pick up the pieces. Now, after years of turmoil, a new report from FMI, a management consulting firm, suggests that construction is back on the right foot.


Emily Martin took us by surprise. From the very beginning of our interview with her, she didn’t hesitate to divulge things that most other electrical contractors (ECs) would be reluctant to share.

As the underdogs in the energy world, wind and solar power are constantly trying to make their case against coal and other entrenched forms of power.

Electrical contractors generally use net profit levels as the primary measurement of their success, but cash is the lifeblood of daily operations. Even profitable companies can fail without a healthy cash flow.

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ADA and Its Impact
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Working with conflicting standards In the 13 years since Congress signed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) into law, contractors have experienced confusion over exactly how the law affects fire alarm systems and what role they must play in complying with the law.

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Fixing a Hole
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Identifying the problem is just the first step

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Branch Circuits--Required Receptacle Outlets, Part XII
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210.63 Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Outlet Article 210 specifies provisions for all branch circuits except for branch circuits supplying only motor loads, which are covered in Article 430.

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'I Thought You Were in Charge'
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The problem of apparent authority This tale of sloppy paperwork should serve as a wake-up call:

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Restoring the Fifth Star
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In late August 2002, as he walked up to the job site at Le Bec Fin, a Philadelphia establishment that is one of the nation’s finest restaurants, Michael Kahmar, vice president of Kahmar Electric, started slightly when he noticed the sign posted at the front entrance: “Accepting reservations for Sep

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Migrating to Fiber
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Making the smart decision Before upgrading a copper plant to fiber optic cable, evaluate the alternatives. Fiber is great, but expensive. Any time a contractor is asked to pull new cable for a low-voltage installation, there are alternatives the client should hear.

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Marketing Design-Build Services
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Finding the right team is only the first step The popularity of design-build as a project delivery system continues to grow in the United States as more and more owners embrace it. There are a variety of ways that your firm can become involved in this growing market.

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