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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. 

Determining how much of the National Electrical Code (NEC) estimators should know depends on several factors, including how much they initially knew when they became estimators, the type of work they are bidding, who they are working for, the completeness of the bid documents, and their goals as est

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Washington, D.C., is famous for its traffic circles—and infamous for decision-makers who seem to be stuck in them, going round and round and getting nowhere.


There have been survivability requirements in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, since the 1999 edition. The primary purpose is to enable certain circuits to maintain their ability to operate for an extended time during a fire emergency.

On April 30, 2015, Tesla Motors announced that it is releasing a new line of stationary rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for homes and commercial buildings.

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Federal Government Contracting: A Different Culture
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The Spearin Doctrine, Christian Doctrine, False Claims Act, BCAs, FARs, Davis-Bacon. If you do not know all of these concepts, you should rethink bidding on a federal government project. One of my clients was awarded a subcontract on an Air Force job.

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Airport Renovation: The Jet Set Gets a Makeover
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Patience is a virtue with complicated projects of this nature. A bustling airport is a sign of a vibrant community with a healthy economy; however, it doesn’t make for a great construction site.

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Scheduling Considerations of the Estimate
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A good schedule saves time and money The site for a new, multibuilding high school project was on a hillside requiring massive grading and rock removal. The buildings were of wood and steel construction and housed six classrooms each.

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Let Your Supplier Make You a Hero
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Company tailors service model for each customer Creating a company culture where the mantra is “Nothing’s Impossible” takes the buy-in of every worker, top-to-bottom. That’s what Shepherd Electric Supply, with two branches in the Washington, D.C.

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The Two Sides of CRM
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Before we even begin to talk about the system side of CRM, we should breeze through a quick overview of what exactly CRM is and what it essentially means. You cannot read a magazine, business journal, trade publication or newspaper without seeing this term thrown around like crazy.

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Electrician Shortage-- It's Too Late to Avoid It
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Readers: Please note, this story contains numerous informational tables. Please refer to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine to obtain them.

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Storage Tank Water Heaters, Grounding Electrode Conductor Connections and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 220 Branch Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations Article 250 Grounding Article 334 Nonmetallic Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC, and NMS Article 422 Appliances The General Information for Electrical Equipment Directory published by Underwriters Labo

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