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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. 

Displays of the new LEDs on San Francisco City Hall

On Apr. 18, 1906, an 8.3 earthquake shook San Francisco, caused fires and destroyed much of the city. All that remained of San Francisco City Hall was the dome. Instead of rebuilding the structure, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to fabricate a new building.

Cupertino Electric Foremen Bryan Garcia and Kevin Zumwalt repair the lighting fixture as San Jose PAL representatives Saul Duran and Juan Reyes look on.

In May 2015, thieves stole copper wire from a light pole at the Police Activities League (PAL) Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

As more distributed energy technologies have been created in recent years, opportunities for electrical contractors to install and maintain the equipment have grown. However, while the trend is seen as positive for the customers and contractors, utilities are losing sales of their power.

San Francisco Airport’s new air traffic control tower (ATCT) is not only a functional facility, but it’s also a 221-foot-tall work of art and a new landmark for the Bay Area. 

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Security System Upkeep

Security system upkeep is important to ensure the integrity of the system in the event of an actual breach or break in. It’s then that the significance of a reliable intrusion detection system comes to light.

First Things First

In the latest edition of “Electrical Power Systems Quality” by Dugan, McGranaghan, Santoso and Beaty, the authors point out that “it is commonly stated at power quality conferences and in journals that 80 percent of all power quality problems reported by customers are related to wiring and grounding

Leasing Vs. Buying

It’s almost certain your company will add equipment and tools to its inventory this year. What’s less certain is whether you will buy outright or lease. Neither choice is all good or all bad, but the result will make a difference on your balance sheet and tax statements.

Taking the Suspense Out of a Suspension of Work

On almost every project, large or small, there will be minor stoppages of all or part of the work. Many of these predictable delays are not significant enough to support a delay claim. For example, you have to shift your crews one day to accommodate the mason.

Leaving the Laptop at the Office

Technology is bounding forward in the wireless world and almost every electrical contractor carries one of a variety of cell phones or Internet-related phones, pocket PCs or personal digital assistants (PDAs).

From Swordfish to Motor Saws

I still remember the bewildered look on my nephew’s face after watching an episode of “The Flintstones.” Fred had been working at his quarry in Bedrock and sawing off a giant piece of stone with a live swordfish.

Dirty Little Secrets

Some of this column’s readers have sent comments and questions, and one of those prompts this month’s column regarding the earthwork on a project.