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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. 

To sustain your company and maintain a competitive edge takes commitment and planning. Adopting a triple bottom line (TBL) can be that road map to achieving business sustainability.

While solar power is becoming more competitive all the time, the need for government incentives is still strong. Recently, New York state offered developers an incentive to build large projects. Response to that solicitation was overwhelming.


Retirement is a fairly recent concept. Before the 20th century, most people worked until they were physically or mentally unable to do their jobs.

The focus of the electrical contracting industry has always been energy. That’s obvious. But, reflect on the history of the industry for a few moments, and it’s just as obvious that the role electrical contractors perform with regard to energy has changed dramatically.

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Article 210--Branch Circuits
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210.52(C)(3) Peninsular Counter Spaces Article 210 covers branch circuits except those that supply only motor loads. Motor load requirements are covered in Article 430. Receptacle placement provisions for dwelling units are stipulated in 210.52(A) through (H).

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UL Tightens GFCI Requirements
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Summer is just about over but electrical contractors are still feeling the heat. There’s a deadline approaching on a lot of vital household repairs—ones that might have been long neglected but must now be rectified by experts.

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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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Data Collection for Profit
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In the past, the headline on this column would have turned off most estimators from reading further. They would have claimed this as part of the controller’s job. The facts of life, though, are that reviewing estimates before they become a binding bid is a relatively painless and simple procedure.

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Stadium Rises on Technology's Back
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At June’s AEC Systems event—the biggest annual technology show for architecture, engineering and construction—a presentation focused on the 5 1/2-year design and construction of the Seattle Seahawks’ new football home. Speakers were soaked in prestige: Two from Turner Corp. (largest U.S.

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