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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. 

Executives at Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet (the parent company of Google), are planning to meet with Alphabet executives to discuss plans for a rejuvenation project designed to turn a section of an existing city into a “smart city.” The plan calls for billions of dollars in investments to

There is a tug of war in construction contracts over design responsibility and liability. An owner’s design team will spend months preparing detailed drawings and specifications.

The electrical contracting industry is aging. Getting young people interested in the field and keeping them interested is a challenge, but one that must be faced to move the industry forward.

For the last two months, I have offered information on choosing an honest, responsible financial adviser. But all investments involve some element of risk, and scam artists can victimize even the most sophisticated clients.

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The Healing Field

Approximately 3,000 American flags flew in Andrews Park in Vacaville, Calif., to memorialize the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and represent the strength and unity of all Americans.


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Estimating the Reconstruction

The destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina is unfathomable to me. To think about the reconstruction seems premature and pointless; a self-serving distraction to take my mind away from the tragedy. But as Americans, this is what we do, and I believe it is why this country succeeds.


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How Specifiers Operate Today

Fast-track project schedules, along with economic and competitive pressures, are forcing everyone in the construction industry to find ways to streamline the process. In some circumstances, this includes having electrical contractors specify the necessary products.


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Hurricane Katrina: On the Front Line

When NECA Gulf Coast chapter manager Tracy Landers took his first tour of his chapter’s contractors in the Biloxi, Miss., area, he was prepared for the worst.


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How to Train an Estimator

When I was asked to write 1,200 words on how to train an estimator I thought, “This should be easy, I train estimators every day.” After a few hours of organizing my thoughts and writing my outline, I realized 1,200 words will barely scratch the surface.


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The Balancing Act

Keeping the voltage and currents balanced in a facility is not just a power quality concern, it can also affect energy consumption and equipment life, especially with electric motors.


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Whose Opinion Counts?

One droll definition of an expert is any person who lives at least 500 miles away. The Federal Rules of Evidence are a little more expansive. Rule 702 provides that an expert witness is: “a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education ...


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