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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. 

DeWalt 12V Max XR lithium-ion battery

All lithium-ion batteries are not the same, and four toolmakers describe here what makes their batteries unique.


The movement toward renewables is about more than just finding new sources of power. More precisely, it is about feeding a growing, insatiable need for power while polluting less.


Constant advances in software and the pressing need to save money and improve operational efficiencies mean electrical contractors must frequently revisit the question of whether to upgrade their fleet, service and time-management software systems.


California has always prided itself on being bigger, better and brighter. Nowhere is this more evident than in the race to break ground in the field of renewable-energy technologies.


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Design-Build Strategies
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Using design-build as a project delivery method allows the electrical contractor to provide early input into the construction process and gives the contractor more influence over what product types and brands go into a project.

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The Facts of Power Factor
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A load or circuit with significant loads that have rectified inputs will most likely have a true power factor (W/VA) that is less than displacement power factor (cosine of angle between voltage and current).

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Connectivity in Universities
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Though the daily business pages of our nation's newspapers are peppered with headlines such as "Indexes hit new lows for the year," construction spending by the nation's schools experienced a $41.5 billion, or 14 percent increase in 2001, according to American School and University (AS&U) magazi

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Defects, Backcharges and Other Scary Things
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Problems in the major category In a prior article, I discussed "punch list" issues. Normally, these are matters that concern minor touch up, repair and completion. So what happens when the problems are in the major category?

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When Roll-Ups Crumble--Who Picks Up the Pieces?
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A renewed kind of electricaL contractor has been created—the successful entrepreneur who sold his company into a roll-up and then bought it back. That, and several large utilities that remain important on the contractor scene, is the residue of the 1996-2000 subcontractor roll-up craze.

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Managing Your Cash Flow in Good Times and Bad
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Why manage your cash now  Some contractors have said the construction market is slowing. Others report they are busier now than ever in the last 10 years. One contractor said this is the busiest construction downturn he has ever experienced.

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Kelso-Burnett Prepares for Its 2nd Century
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Since James Kelso and Oliver Burnett started pulling wire through the old gas pipes in downtown Chicago for electricity, almost a century has passed. "Founded in 1908, Kelso-Burnett Co.

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