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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. 

A Southern California city known for its annual grand prix and its offshore oil derricks is now looking at an energy-storage project that will neither start cars nor run on fossil fuel.


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It's an irony of moder construction that, to deliver power to a job site, an electrical contractor must first establish temporary power.

Play Place for Autistic Children, a 25,000–square foot facility in Sterling Heights, Mich., offers autistic kids and their families a safe, supportive environment to play, learn and socialize.

Siemens has opened submissions for its fourth annual Engineering Innovation Award for Fire and Life Safety design.

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Turning Time into Money

You know those old axioms: “A penny saved is a penny earned,” and, “Time is money,” and, from Ben Franklin, “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a large ship.” It is no secret that managing expenses commands more of our attention today than in the past.


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Powering Motor Control Centers

Motor control centers are now being designed that provide the best alternative for grouping motor control, associated control and distribution equipment.


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Are You Ready?

In my December column, I recommended you review last year’s estimating strategy. By examining what worked and the reasons for losses, you understand how to be more successful next year. Well, guess what? It is next year and the estimating clock started ticking two weeks ago.


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Construction Outlook 2006

As 2005 came to a close, many economists blamed a cloudy future on a femme fatale named Katrina. Anthropomorphism, giving human characteristics to something inanimate, is a tricky device, usually frowned upon in writing.


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Infrequent Frequency

Reading through some electrical engineering textbooks written in the 1930s, the term “frequency” is used to describe what is now referred to as the “fundamental electric power frequency,” also known as 60 Hertz (Hz) in North America and some other parts of the world.


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Getting Specific in Design-Build

Use of the design-build delivery system for new construction in the United States is steadily increasing in nearly every sector of the building industry.


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The Maintenance Niche

For some reason, maintenance generally has not been embraced by contractors in their product offerings. Even though maintenance is a perfect value-added-service opportunity, many contractors do not actively pursue this type of work.


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