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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. 

States, like the people who live in them, respond to adversity in different ways. As the nation’s coal industry confronts a mounting collection of challenges, one state that relies heavily on the industry has chosen an optimistic path 
of defiance.


More gray matter


It’s that time again when we call on expert pollsters to help us learn more about our readers and the work they are doing in the field. More than 2,400 of you responded to our questionnaire earlier this year, through snail mail or online, describing the work you did in 2015.

In America and around the world, the energy landscape is changing at a swift pace. Change isn’t always easy, but you can count on the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and its members to be at the forefront of those exciting developments. It has been a busy few months.


Aging coal plants are closing across the nation, along with a growing number of nuclear units, and utility planners are increasingly concerned about how best to replace this shuttered generation capacity.

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Back to Basics

Maintenance programs benefit everyone Maintenance programs are becoming increasingly standard with every major purchase these days, but what about those in our realm-electrical, security and communication systems?


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Building the Smart Way

There's a growing urgency in the development of “green” or “smart” building, and learning to install its energy infrastructure-which is called integrated building systems (IBS) and involves tying together HVAC, electrical, security, lighting and fire alarm systems-could well be a boon to contractors


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Power Play: Hard Knocks or Opportunity?

As the Great Blackout of 2003 rolled through the Northeast and Midwest, a lot of people were left in the dark. But the blackout turned on the lights for a group of National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) member contractors in Michigan. They saw the blackout as opportunity knocking.


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Gibson Electric Takes Contracting Expertise to the Next Level

The site is part of Chicago history. Former retail giant Montgomery Ward's rise to greatness and eventual demise all took place at the company's former location on the western edge of downtown Chicago.


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Derating Conductors, Installing Outlets in Dwelling Units and More

Article 100 Definitions Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 240 Overcurrent Protection Article 250 Grounding Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 422 Appliances Article 680 Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations Derating Parallel Conductors Q: I installed a 400-ampere, 4-w


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Will iPods Be Next?

These days, the estimating process is not causing many estimators furrowed brows. Problems are arising with how plans are transmitted from the engineer to the contractor.


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What Did You Read and What Did You See?

A Refresher Below you will find questions relating to actual lawsuits, with some shortening of the facts. My past articles address all of the presented questions. Take this test to see if you can confidently select the best answer. I'll talk about the answers next month. 1.


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