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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. 

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. 

Often, people in our industry have more than one job title. Smaller shop owners often wear many hats. As businesses grow, one of the most frequent pairings is estimating and project management. 


Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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Transforming Today's Transformers

Beginning in 2009 or 2010, electrical contractors are likely to see a new breed of higher-efficiency liquid-filled distribution transformers hitting the market, thanks to new standards expected to be announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September.


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Just the Facts

The truth about transient voltage surge suppressors A series of fatal fires recently have put transient voltage surge suppressors (TVSS) to the forefront of news again. It wasn’t necessarily the normal application of such devices that created hazards.


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To Prevent an Emergency, Dial 811

Now it's even easier to be responsible. At a press conference on May 1, 2007, on the National Mall, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) joined with the Federal Communications Commission, the Associated General Contractors of America, John Deere, The Travelers Companies Inc.


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GridWeek Electrifies the Nation's Capital

In April 23-26, 2007, the inaugural GridWeek event took place in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. The purpose was to raise awareness and generate support for advancing and modernizing the grid and bring attention to an impending problem.


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Utility's Rapid Response to Storm Restores Customers Quickly

In the same storm system that produced an F5 tornado that devastated Greensburg, Kan., on May 4, 2007, a severe thunderstorm disabled the Oncor Electric Delivery service area through the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas.


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OSHA to Say 'Pay for Employee PPE'?

In response to a lawsuit filed in January 2007 by the AFL-CIO and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to issue a final rule on employer payment for employees’ personal protective equipment (PPE) in November.


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