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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. 

The Sistine Chapel has an interesting history with light. For hundreds of years, it was primarily illuminated by candles, but the smoke left a layer of soot on the artwork, which had to be restored. Preserving Michelangelo’s masterpiece has been of prime concern.

Drilling holes is a routine task for electricians, and few electrical contractors (ECs) go to a job site without a good cordless drill in his or her tool kit.

A big change in federal construction project policy could affect electrical contractors doing that work.


Tons of excitement preceded the 2014 neca show in Chicago. For many exhibitors and attendees, the NECA Showstopper Awards were a big part of the buzz. A panel of industry experts judged the contest and selected 20 products as Showstopper Award winners from a group of 154 entrants.

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Managing Your Supply Chain
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Supply-chain management is proactive and involves the optimization of the flow of information, materials and payment between the supplier and the electrical contracting firm.

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What Vendors Offer in E-Commerce
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The average electrical contractor spends perhaps three-quarters of his or her material dollars with distributors. What are these “old reliable” vendors doing on e-commerce? That’s the subject of this column, covering Grainger, Rexel and Sonepar.

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DOE Spins DG into DER
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DOE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DG  DISTRIBUTED GENERATION

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Preventive Maintenance Preserves Tools, Safety
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I have rarely come across a piece of equipment on a job site that mimics the sparkling look of a showroom model. Its use and abuse in the field does more than take away its appearance. Equipment and tools wear and can break down. It is expected.

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Work space, Sealing for Temperature Changes and More
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Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 230 Services Article 406 Receptacles, Cord Connectors and Attachment Plugs (Caps) Article 408 Switchboards and Panelboards Article 410 Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures), Lampholders and Lamps Article 440 Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Eq

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One Concept Fits Multiple Applications
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For the past three years, this column has covered a different power quality-related topic each month. Now that most of the major areas have been covered, it seems as though it is time to use a different approach.

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Winning the Retainage Game
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If you’ve been in business long enough, you remember when retainage wasn’t standard practice. Now that most general contractors are deal brokers with little of their own money at stake in their projects, they use other people’s money (yours) to improve their own cash flow.

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