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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. 

Greenlee’s portable work bench

Owners and managers of electrical contracting companies are always alert to tools and equipment that will enhance workforce productivity. Portable work stations provide a convenient, easy-to-move work surface and storage solution.

By most accounts, the housing market in the United States is on the mend. Prices and sales have rebounded from the “Great Recession” that started in 2008. Ordinarily, this would be considered an upward trend, one that sends all kinds of positive reverberations throughout the economy.

On Monday, nominations opened for the 2017 Klein Tools Electrician of the Year Award, an annual contest to find the best electricians in the United States. Electricians may nominate either themselves or another electrician they feel is deserving of the honor.

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

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Mind Your P's & Q's

One of the expressions I remember hearing during my childhood was “Mind your P’s and Q’s.” When I would ask where that expression came from, it usually resulted in another popular expression, such as, “Don’t talk back to your elders.” With the benefit of the Internet, the answers are there, but the


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Think Risk

Even under optimal circumstances, it is difficult to control risk in the construction industry. Owners have certain advantages because they control the purse strings and often can obtain performance security in the form of surety bonds, letters of credit, guarantees or other protections.


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Lady or the Lion? Part 2

In my July 2007 article, I posed six problems and named the piece “Lady or the Lion?” The title comes from tales of King Arthur’s court, and it refers a knight who was given a choice between opening one of two doors.


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What Is Real?

IN“The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams, the Rabbit asks the Skin Horse, “What is Real?” A customer reminded me of this line when he asked a similar question in regard to the parameter watts used to measure electrical power.


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Super Wired Up

High-temperature superconducting (HTS) distribution and transmission line has been at the nearly there stage for almost a decade, but industry participants say the technology is now approaching wide commercial use.


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Iowa Company Quickly Rebuilds 345 kV Transmission Line

Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) of Iowa concluded rebuild work and re-energized a 20-mile stretch of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Poweshiek County, Iowa. The transmission line was severely damaged on Feb. 24, 2007, during a major Midwest winter storm.


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Estimating the Streets of San Francisco

The NECA Show is just weeks away, and what a glorious location NECA has chosen this year—San Francisco—where wishes come true and everybody leaves with a new takeoff on life.


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