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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. 

Hawaiian Electric Co. recently announced plans that will lower customer electric bills by 20 percent.

DeWalt 12V Max XR lithium-ion battery

All lithium-ion batteries are not the same, and four toolmakers describe here what makes their batteries unique.


The movement toward renewables is about more than just finding new sources of power. More precisely, it is about feeding a growing, insatiable need for power while polluting less.


Constant advances in software and the pressing need to save money and improve operational efficiencies mean electrical contractors must frequently revisit the question of whether to upgrade their fleet, service and time-management software systems.


More on Your Business

 
The Phantom Contract: Rights without a Writing
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There are hundreds of examples: no written contract for a small commercial repair or home improvement; a “letter of intent” so you can start work; verbal direction to perform extras; your written contract not signed by the owner. Do you have an enforceable contract?

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Evaluating Your Firm Using the Baldrige Award Criteria
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The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) is awarded annually to recognize firms that have achieved overall excellence in leadership, organizational effectiveness, operations and business results. Congress authorized the award in 1987 through Public Law 100-107.

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TIA Now Addresses Multi-Tenant Buildings
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TIA Subcommittee TR-42.3, responsible for developing recommendations for pathways and spaces, recently approved Addendum 6 to TIA/EIA-569-A, officially called ANSI/TIA/EIA-569-A-6 Multi-tenant Pathways and Spaces Addendum.

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Panel Boards in Hazardous Areas
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You have many electrical requirements to meet when specifying panel boards, but is addressing the cost-effectiveness issue ever one of them? In facilities having indoor or outdoor areas with hazardous locations, there is a need for very substantial equipment, namely explosion-proof panel boards.

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What Now? What Next?
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Every two years for more than four decades, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine has conducted original, in-depth research to help paint a clear picture of what makes up an electrical contractor. This year, we revamped the questionnaire to better reflect the dynamics of a changing industry.

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Keeping Task Analysis Complete and Meaningful
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It is frustrating for an estimator to come up with a meaningful number to include in an estimate for an item that has not been encountered on previous estimates.

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Firestopping Is Simple, yet Essential
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Firestopping is a simple, yet essential, part of any construction project.

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