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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. 

Linemen from Quanta Services address damaged poles in an area flooded by Hurricane Harvey

The nation’s late summer flurry of hurricane activity was unprecedented. Within days of the record downpours from Hurricane Harvey that overwhelmed the Houston area for nearly two weeks in late August, Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean, devastating the U.S.

Image courtesy of Community First! Village

It was announced this week that Alan Graham, the CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit group, plans to raise $60 million in donations to expand Community First!

For each project, electrical contractors must ensure the right equipment is on-site, that it’s affordable and, most important, safe and reliable. But what to do when dealing with installed equipment or with tools and equipment that they don’t own? How do they know it’s safe and hasn’t been damaged?

Sometimes you have a choice to get wet; sometimes you don’t. Splashing through puddles for fun is one thing. Forgetting your umbrella is another. Getting doused with 27 trillion gallons of rain, which is how much Hurricane Harvey dumped on Texas and Louisiana, is altogether something else. 

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Super Wired Up

High-temperature superconducting (HTS) distribution and transmission line has been at the nearly there stage for almost a decade, but industry participants say the technology is now approaching wide commercial use.


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Spread the Word

As you well know, contractors no longer merely dropwire into a facility and call it a day. They have become the primary provider of all things related to electricity, power, communications, security and countless other systems-related work.


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Design/Build Teamwork Sharpens Winning Edge

As Today’s growing project-delivery method, much is said about design/build’s inherent advantages; however, its success rests on the shoulders of a winning team.


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Vicarious Liability Threatens Contractors on Multiple Levels

Mark Hady of Hady Electric Inc in Watertown, Wis, has not faced the problem of vicarious liability yet, and he hopes not to. “The hiring practices of my subcontractors is just not an issue I had given much thought to,” he said.


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AEP and Allegheny 765-kV Transmission Project Approved by PJM

American Electric Power’s (AEP) 765-kilovolt (kV) joint transmission line proposal with Allegheny Energy Inc was approved by PJM Interconnection (PJM) of Norristown, Pa.


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Operating Effectively

For electrical contracting companies that have many large, complex projects underway at the same time, construction management software is the key to making everything go smoothly and to completing each job on schedule and within budget.


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Square D Files Lawsuit Against Counterfeit Products

Square D, the flagship brand for the Schneider Electric North American Operating Division, filed a lawsuit against Breakers Unlimited Incorporated of Noblesville, Ind.


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