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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 Networks SignalTEK CT Gigabit cable performance tester

For commercial structures, certification tests document that a building’s voice/data/video network complies with industry standards.


An unusual, groundbreaking solar plus energy-storage microgrid project in Rutland, Vt., was recently announced. The Stafford Hill Solar Farm is being developed by Green Mountain Power in collaboration with Dynapower and GroSolar.

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Falling somewhat outside ofthe scope of the electrical industry, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] green building standard has been embroiled in a long-running controversy with the nation’s chemical manufacturers.

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Material Prices and the Estimate
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No matter what is considered the amount of materials versus the labor, the ratios will vary.

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Documentation Blocks Legal Attacks
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Taking literary license from real estate, to a contractor, the most critical issues are documentation, documentation, and yet more documentation. While there is a practical limit, efficient means of recording information are readily available and increasing daily.

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New Products
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Impact Wrench FCI’s Racine 7/16-in. hydraulic impact wrench offers the Gerotor motor, providing two to three times more horsepower than typical gas-powered products. The power is very controlled and less vibration is transmitted to the tool that’s being driven.

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Electrical Contractor Ailments - The Most Common 'Bugs'
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The electrical contractors I know are intelligent, honest, and intent on doing a good job. These traits are significant and worthy of respect. But, by themselves, they will not protect you from “ailments” that are endemic to the profession.

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Examining Today's Industrial Market
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For most of the 1990s, electrical contractors’ sales in the industrial market held steady at 21 percent of total sales, according to Electrical Contractor magazine’s 2001 Guide to the Electrical Contracting Market. Between 1997 and 1999, industrial project sales increased to 26 percent.

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Maintaining Induction Motors
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Industrial and manufacturing facilities rely on motors to drive their processes. They are included in preventive maintenance programs because of investments, their critical importance to operations, and the cost of production downtime.

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