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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. 

Almost everyone agrees that saving energy is the right thing to do. Talking about it is one thing, but actually doing it is completely different.


Are you awaiting your retirement date, eagerly embracing a well-earned life of leisure? Or does the very thought of replacing your work routine with unscheduled days on your couch bring on a full-scale anxiety attack?

Less than one year after raising the ire of solar-power advocates by imposing feed-in tariffs on homeowners with rooftop installations, the Arizona Public Service Co. has come up with a completely different proposal that is likely to generate just as much opposition.


Like so many innovations of the digital age, electric vehicles (EVs) promise to transform the way we do seemingly mundane things, such as driving a car.


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Winning the Retainage Game
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If you’ve been in business long enough, you remember when retainage wasn’t standard practice. Now that most general contractors are deal brokers with little of their own money at stake in their projects, they use other people’s money (yours) to improve their own cash flow.

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Article 210 - Branch Circuits
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*Please see Electrical Contractor magazine for figure references.* 210.52(A) General Provisions Provisions stipulating the placement of receptacle outlets for dwelling units are covered in 210.52(A) through (H). Last month’s “In Focus” covered both paragraphs and the fine print note in 210.52.

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Bad Places You've Been Before
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Electrical contractors are not unique in the problems they confront or the mistakes they make. Your increased exposure, however, comes from the fact that you tend to be one of the first trades on the job at the start of construction and one of the last at the end.

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No Favorites in Safety Compliance
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About one-half of all electrical injuries and fatalities happen to people engaged in construction activities. (This information is from the Federal Register, “Rules and Regulations.” Vol. 55, No. 151, Monday, August 6, 1990, p 31986.

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Managing Your Supply Chain
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Supply-chain management is proactive and involves the optimization of the flow of information, materials and payment between the supplier and the electrical contracting firm.

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What Vendors Offer in E-Commerce
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The average electrical contractor spends perhaps three-quarters of his or her material dollars with distributors. What are these “old reliable” vendors doing on e-commerce? That’s the subject of this column, covering Grainger, Rexel and Sonepar.

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DOE Spins DG into DER
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DOE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DG  DISTRIBUTED GENERATION

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