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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. 

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.


Solar-power researchers are always trying to squeeze more power out of their devices. After all, more power from solar cells effectively lowers the overall cost, and a more cost-effective cell will make solar photovoltaics more competitive with other forms of electrical generation.


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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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Apply the Test of Reasonableness
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Today’s power quality (PQ) monitors are capable of capturing more data in a second than could be humanly processed in a day.

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Interactive Quote Program Tracks Whole-Project Orders
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Does this sound familiar? You’ve won the bid to provide light fixtures or switching gear on a major project. Components have been arriving at the job site in anticipation of a specific start date. Your crew is assembled and ready to hit the ground running.

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Migrating to Fiber
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It seems as if it was only a decade or so ago when “migration” refered only to birds (or perhaps retired people) heading south for the winter. Now, the term “migration” has taken on a whole new meaning.

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Article 210 - Branch Circuits
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Please refer to Electrical Contractor magazine for illsutrations. Required Outlets Provisions stipulating the placement of receptacle outlets are covered in 210.52 through 210.63.

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What Are You Releasing?
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It is common practice in construction for an owner to require lien releases when payments are made. This way, the owner hopes to obtain assurances that the general contractor has paid its subcontractors and suppliers.

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