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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. 

The fight against greenhouse gases takes commitments from all industries, if for no other reason than their emissions can be traced to so many different sources.


We live in an era when electrical power is mostly indispensable. Electricity touches almost every aspect of our daily lives and drives even mundane tasks.


We had to buy a new car recently. My wife’s car was 16 years old, and keeping it running was costing us almost as much as an entire car payment. It was definitely time to say goodbye, which created another problem—shopping for a new car. 


“NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S.”


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Preventive Maintenance Preserves Tools, Safety
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I have rarely come across a piece of equipment on a job site that mimics the sparkling look of a showroom model. Its use and abuse in the field does more than take away its appearance. Equipment and tools wear and can break down. It is expected.

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Work space, Sealing for Temperature Changes and More
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Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 230 Services Article 406 Receptacles, Cord Connectors and Attachment Plugs (Caps) Article 408 Switchboards and Panelboards Article 410 Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures), Lampholders and Lamps Article 440 Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Eq

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One Concept Fits Multiple Applications
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For the past three years, this column has covered a different power quality-related topic each month. Now that most of the major areas have been covered, it seems as though it is time to use a different approach.

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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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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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