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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. 

A mentor can mean the difference between success and failure as a business owner. Whether your electrical contracting business is new or has existed for generations, you can always learn from other entrepreneurs.

Innovation and entrepreneurialism are driving forces in the age of renewable power and digital technology. When it comes to thinking outside of the box, the city of Portland, Ore., has a well-earned reputation.


General Cable FrogHide UltraFlex outdoor extension cord

Electrical extension cords aren’t exactly “tools” in the traditional sense, but they are essential on many jobs to power tools and temporary lighting, for bringing power from generators to field offices, and for many other uses.


In the global battle against climate change, renewable targets have been an indispensable weapon. National, state and local governments have set targets for renewable power and continue to raise the bar as those targets are met.

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TIA Notes
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If you missed it, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR 42 committee meetings were held in early June. It’s time to pay attention, since many of their decisions can affect the contractor, as you’ll see below.

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Disconnect for Ranges, Wiring a Pool Pump Motor and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 250 Grounding Article 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cables: Types NM, NMC and NMS Article 422 Appliances Article 517 Health Care Facilities Article 680 Swimming Pools, Fountains and Similar Installations Grounding a feeder circ

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Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part V
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Article 210 210.70(A)(2) Lighting Outlets Required Article 210 covers branch circuits except for branch circuits that supply motor loads only. Motor load provisions are covered in Article 430.

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Contracting in the Gaming Industry
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Don’t gamble when it comes to the contract “Standard” form Construction contracts come in all sizes and shapes.

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A New Day in Electrical Contracting
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It’s a new day for pop diva Céline Dion and for high-tech security and electronic visual effects at her Las Vegas show of the same name. The electronics for the high-energy show come courtesy of Bombard Electric, Las Vegas.

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When Hertz Can Hurt
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The frequency stability of the interconnected electric grid in North America is a marvel of engineering. As shown in Figure 1, the deviation is rarely beyond 0.05 Hz from the nominal 60 Hz. In fact, during a given hour time period, this deviation is more like +/-0.02 Hz from the nominal value.

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EDS Has the Recipe for Success
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While working on the electrical installations at The Pampered Chef world headquarters and processing facility in Addison, Ill., the design/build staff of Electrical Design Systems Corporation (EDS) felt anything but pampered.

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