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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. 

For each project, electrical contractors must ensure the right equipment is on-site, that it’s affordable and, most important, safe and reliable. But what to do when dealing with installed equipment or with tools and equipment that they don’t own? How do they know it’s safe and hasn’t been damaged?

Sometimes you have a choice to get wet; sometimes you don’t. Splashing through puddles for fun is one thing. Forgetting your umbrella is another. Getting doused with 27 trillion gallons of rain, which is how much Hurricane Harvey dumped on Texas and Louisiana, is altogether something else. 

Often, people in our industry have more than one job title. Smaller shop owners often wear many hats. As businesses grow, one of the most frequent pairings is estimating and project management. 


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

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Einstein's fame rests, in part, on his discovery that time is a variable dimension. Contractors have always known this fact.


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Defending Against the Big Bang

Though not the most common power quality disturbance in most locations, the transient, or rather, the source of the transient, can be one of the loudest.


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Watching out for Your Guys

Last month, we discussed safety and recognized that it is of fundamental importance to the electrical supervisor. The supervisor is at the heart of any job safety program.


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FPL Cites Human Error as Cause of Florida Blackout

FPL Group's utility Florida Power & Light Company said preliminary results of the investigation into the four-hour blackout on February 26, 2008, indicated human error was the primary cause.


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New Material for Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Smokestacks

With current and future regulations on carbon dioxide emissions, electrical contractors who work in coal-fired plants may wonder how these requirements will affect their work. New research may point to solutions that will enable coal-fired plants to continue to operate with some modifications.


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Survey: U.S. Reactors Produce Record Power Generation

Global power generated by nuclear reactors fell about 3.6 percent in 2007 from the 2.8 billion megawatt-hours (MWh) recorded in 2006, according to data released by Nucleonics Week, a publication of Platts, a provider of energy and commodities information.


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