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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 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue several new final rules in early 2016, according to a November article in The National Law Review.

At the 2015 NECA Show in San Francisco, a panel of judges representing different industry disciplines selected 23 Showstopper Award winners from 188 entries displayed in the Showstopper Showcase area. Judging was completed prior to the exhibition hall’s opening on the first day of the show.

For several years, I have been seeing a new hole in the theoretically 100-percent-complete electrical drawings we are provided for bidding. Within the last year, the problem has gotten bigger, driven by increasingly strict energy-usage requirements.

Happy New Year from your new ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR editors! Surprised? You have that look on your face. It’s OK. We were, too.

More on Your Business

Profitable Installations

Estimation, training and planning put you in the black What helps make your electrical contracting business profitable? Is it your estimating prowess? Is it your ability to buy your project equipment at the best price and sell it at a good profit? Is it your ability to find and keep good people?

Fiber Optic Standards

What would we do without them? Standards affect all of us, everywhere we go. The minute details of standards are required to allow widespread use of products and to facilitate commerce.

Pre-Training Decisions

What does it take to be an estimator? I am frequently asked what type of courses would help prepare someone to become an estimator.

E-Rate Equals Affordable Communications

E-Rate is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program aimed at the telecommunications and technology industry. It is actually administered by the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administration (

Back to Basics Makes Sense

At a recent Technology Committee meeting for a local school district, there was considerable discussion about the lack of responsiveness in getting electrical infrastructure issues fixed.

Sooner or Later

The threat of litigation on construction projects is real and constant. In the construction industry in general and electrical contracting in particular, litigation is always a possibility on every project.

Cooking Equipment Calculations, Part II

Specifications for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads are in Article 220 of the National Electrical Code. This article is divided into four parts: I. General, II. Feeders and Services, III. Optional Calculations for Computing Feeder and Service Loads and IV.