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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. 

Once again, I was inspired to write after reading a post in a LinkedIn construction group. The article, “If I Own a Drill, Does That Make Me a Dentist?” laments the belief that simply buying a tool makes one a skilled craftsperson.

From left: Greg Cummins, Ed Schuler and Kevin Rickett

Smarter materials management is especially beneficial in electrical service work. Service electricians are constantly confronted with the challenge of obtaining materials while striving to minimize the amount of lost time, back-and-forth travel and rush charges that inevitably follow.


Klein voltage tester with flashlight

One of the most basic tools every electrician carries is the noncontact voltage tester. Essential complementary tools include circuit breaker finders and tone probes for tracing wires. Scanning devices are able to see through walls and floors to identify wires, conduits and other objects.





A recent World Wildlife Fund survey found that almost half of Fortune 500 companies have at least one climate or clean-energy goal. It’s good business to be eco-friendly, and the construction industry has made great strides in going green without sacrificing profits.

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Operating Effectively

For electrical contracting companies that have many large, complex projects underway at the same time, construction management software is the key to making everything go smoothly and to completing each job on schedule and within budget.


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Square D Files Lawsuit Against Counterfeit Products

Square D, the flagship brand for the Schneider Electric North American Operating Division, filed a lawsuit against Breakers Unlimited Incorporated of Noblesville, Ind.


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What Insurance Are You Buying?

Many subcontractors do not know exactly what they are purchasing when they procure insurance. It is critical for contractors to understand what their insurance covers. This knowledge is pivotal to evaluating the ultimate risks and liabilities to your business as well.


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A Little Learning ...

I interpret The adage “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”to mean just a small amount of knowledge can lead people to do things they aren’t really qualified to do.


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Completing the Incomplete Thought

I can hear youRfrustrated cries of “Part 2? When did he write Part 1?” Well, you need to keep up. It appeared in the June 2006 issue, and it was called “Estimating Blind.” If you don’t have that issue, visit www.ECmag.com, and enter the headline in the keyword search box. OK?


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The Gray Market

To succeed in a competitive marketplace, electrical contractors must build lasting partnerships with their customers by supplying quality, dependable electrical products that they can stand behind.


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There's No 'Me' in a Design/Build Project

With the drive to formulate design/build teams, many electrical contractors now consider this building strategy to be a specialty that


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