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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. 

Evaluating the cost-
effectiveness of renewable power has always been a fairly simple calculation. As manufacturers lowered their production costs and improved the generating efficiency of their technology, renewables became more cost competitive with conventional sources of power.


We appreciate all of the positive response to the new format for our column in which we interview industry leaders about key issues that may alter the future of electrical construction.

Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner and quieter and now have a proven track-record in applications like nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events, and airport operations, making them ready for commercialization and broader use.


Retirement planning is complicated, with many risks and legal pitfalls. It is worth investing time and money with a financial adviser who specializes in retirement. A little preparation will help you get ready for your first meeting and result in a plan that fits your expectations and goals.


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Integration Strategies for the Electrical Contractor
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These days, if you’re doing only wiring and cabling, you’re probably in the minority. Many electrical contractors wisely continue to expand their customer base, capitalizing on a variety of market upswings in low-voltage systems and services.

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Drug Testing
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Smoking marijuana was a way of getting through the day for journeyman Michael Wilborn. It calmed his nerves, helped alleviate the boredom of mundane parts of his job (residential work) and helped him sleep at night.

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Single-Phase, Rectified Input, Switching Power Supplies
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A single-phase, rectified input, switching power supply will have a sharp reduction in current at the beginning of a sag, followed by an increase in current to a value greater than the original current levels, until the sag has ended or the equipment trips off line.

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Wireless Technology and the Electrical Contractor
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The introduction of fiber optics revolutionized the voice, video and data world. Clearer signals, better durability, improved serviceability and material availability allowed an explosion of this market.

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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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Expanding a Disney Theme Park
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“California Adventure was 30-40 projects for us, and probably the most challenging project we’ve had at Morrow-Meadows due to the complexity, schedule and the logistics,” said Rob Meadows, executive vice-president, Morrow-Meadows Corporation, a Southern California-based company.

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