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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. 

Ideal insulated tools in pouch

Safety practices dictate that power lines and equipment must be de-energized before electricians can work on them. Only qualified people are permitted to work on live circuits under special circumstances, and they must use proper safety protection and equipment, which includes insulated tools.


Technology is all about opportunity and innovation convergence. In a poor, rural, Southern California school district, officials saw an opportunity to meet a critical need for internet access and came up with an innovative solution, using one of its most plentiful resources.


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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

On May 6, six energy companies launched Grid Assurance, an independent company with the purpose of providing spares for critical electric transmission equipment.

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The Aftermath

Natural disasters are big news. Television presents live images of the devastation and the faces and voices of the victims of hurricanes, forest fires, tornadoes and other catastrophes. Newspapers follow with detailed accounts of property damage, injuries and death tolls.


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E-Money, Cash Flow and Check 21-Part 2

The “Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act” took effect on Oct. 28, 2004. Recall from last month's discussion that this act, also known as Check 21, is intended to allow for paperless processing of financial transactions.


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PVs Impact Building Operations

Photovoltaic (PV) modules convert sunlight directly into electrical energy. Integrating PV into a building will impact its operation. Not only will the PV system produce electric energy to serve building loads but it can also reduce the building's electric demand and air-conditioning heat load.


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Building Commissioning: On the Whole

“The basic purpose of building commissioning is to provide documented confirmation that building systems function in compliance with criteria set forth in the Project Documents to satisfy the owner's operational needs.


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Battling PQ Illness

Most of the articles in this column have focused on how to find what type of power quality demons are lurking in your power system. However, the other aspect of PQ is how to get rid of them. Otherwise, it is sort of like a doctor who only diagnoses your illness, but can't offer any treatment.


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No Bones About It

Affiliated with Emory University School of medicine and Emory University Hospital, Emory Healthcare in Atlanta boasts revenues in excess of $1 billion and a staff of some 8,400. It is one of the nation's leading healthcare systems and the largest in Georgia.


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Meandering Through the Thicket

Some time ago I was in an electrical contractor's office in Cincinnati. There was a framed letter in the president's office representing the company's first contract.


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