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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. 

It can be safely said that 2016 has been a memorable year in Washington, D.C. Everything the experts knew about politics was turned upside down and inside out as the election results broke nearly every rule we have ever known.

Zigbee Alliance logo courtesy of www.zigbee.org

These days, almost anything for the home can be automated. Door locks, window blinds, switches, toasters—all are available as "smart devices" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite this bevy of products, they can’t all work together.

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It's an irony of moder construction that, to deliver power to a job site, an electrical contractor must first establish temporary power.

Siemens has opened submissions for its fourth annual Engineering Innovation Award for Fire and Life Safety design.

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Value-Added Service

“We’ll go out on an emergency call. The call could be after hours on a facility that needs to be up and running,” said Ed Santos, service manager, Morrow Meadows Corp., a company based in the Los Angeles area, whose clients include data centers and banks.


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Estimating Software Update

The upgrades are coming! The upgrades are coming! Yes, it is time for your favorite estimating software company to release its thoroughly beta-tested new features and much anticipated repairs of any bugs and glitches.


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ESOP's Pitfalls

The first two parts of this series have explored the concept of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and the potential advantages of establishing one for your contracting business. This month, we will discuss some of the possible pitfalls.


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LEEDing Electrical Installations

More and more companies want to be recognized as being environmentally conscious. One way that they are demonstrating their commitment to a cleaner environment is through green construction.


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Pay Your Fees!

It is already the month of May—I know, I can’t believe it either—and the feeling of spring is in the air. Spring typically means warmer weather, longer days to get the estimates done and, of course, your annual tech support fees are due.


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A Field Guide

Written contract forms grow by mistakes. Contracting parties, particularly owners and architects, discover that some issue or dispute was not covered to their satisfaction. The next draft of the contract is supposed to take care of that perceived gap.


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Everyday Is Swell

Recently, a PQ consulting expert sent me some interesting data from a facility he monitored. The data was the result of periodic PQ monitoring that is conducted at the facility’s service entrance.


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