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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. 

In the age of sustainability, every conceivable energy source gets equal consideration. Just as wind and solar power have had their growing pains, other viable sources will, too.

In December, I spoke at the International Drone Expo in Los Angeles. The Expo lived up to its name as to being “International” in scope.

The Sisters in Solidarity (SIS) group of IBEW Local No. 292, Minneapolis, was formed in 2013. SIS is a mentoring and support group for women electricians that focuses on developing leadership in its community and union.

Each year, the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) holds a number of national competitions that allow college students from around the nation in construction and construction-related trades to experience what it is like to work in the industry.

More on Your Business

 
Estimators Wanted: Alive, Not Dead

Estimators come in all shapes and sizes. Most I have met are not very athletic, except for a few golf games between bids. I’m sure there are many who are very athletic, but let’s face it—on any given day, our most strenuous moment is lifting a 40-pound set of drawings onto our workstation.


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Power Quality Safety

As I prepare to chair the next meeting of the NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance committee, I reviewed some of the more significant changes made in the 2006 edition.


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On the Cutting Board

After many months of wrangling, the $70-billion, Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2006 is now a reality.


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I Showed You What I Wanted; I Thought You Understo

There’s an old Lefty Frizzel song with the lyrics: “If you can’t keep your promises, please don’t make them, my dear.” Lefty probably did not know it, but that song sums up the Spearin Doctrine in construction contracts.


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Streamlining Inventory Management

Electrical contractors install a variety of parts, material and equipment on every job, which represents almost half of the total project cost. Providing the correct materials at the right time is critical to keeping projects on schedule; delays can waste valuable labor hours and money.


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The Tools of Maintenance

Each contractor generally has his own maintenance philosophy, but some parts are common for every contractor. For example, the overall goal should be to offer the most comprehensive service possible. To accomplish that goal, contractors need the proper tools.


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An Ounce of Prevention ...

Finding Planning time is difficult when you are chasing work in a competitive economy, and nearly impossible when you are booked to capacity.


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