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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. 

Fluke 1730 three-phase energy logger

Productivity loss, equipment damage, facility downtime and increased energy use are only some of the problems that poor power quality (PQ) can create.

The solar power industry, like much commerce today, thrives on innovation and the drive to do more with less. Recently, one industry leader set a new standard when it announced a solar-panel technology with unprecedented levels of efficiency.

While employment in the construction sector has generally enjoyed steady growth over the last 20 months, one element has remained stubbornly weak: the number of skilled workers. The problem is not new, and it persists.

The high price of renewables relative to traditional fuel sources is their biggest drawback. Although the alternative-energy industry has made great strides in bringing down upfront costs, the perception remains that it is a long way from parity with fossil fuels.

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The Hub of the Universe

Thousands of people rush through the airport terminal in Louisville, Ky., every day, never suspecting the activity going on next door. The airport is also home to a mammoth state-of-the-art UPS sorting station unrivaled for speed and efficiency.

TIA Notes

If you missed it, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR 42 committee meetings were held in early June. It’s time to pay attention, since many of their decisions can affect the contractor, as you’ll see below.

Disconnect for Ranges, Wiring a Pool Pump Motor and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 250 Grounding Article 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cables: Types NM, NMC and NMS Article 422 Appliances Article 517 Health Care Facilities Article 680 Swimming Pools, Fountains and Similar Installations Grounding a feeder circ

Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part V

Article 210 210.70(A)(2) Lighting Outlets Required Article 210 covers branch circuits except for branch circuits that supply motor loads only. Motor load provisions are covered in Article 430.

Contractors and Computers

In the late 1980s, when Accubid Systems president Giovanni Marcelli was developing his estimating software company, he bought an IBM computer with a 10-megabyte hard disk and 640 kilobytes of memory.

Coming to Terms

One factor in learning a new occupation or system is mastering the language being used, or at least the basic meanings of words. Word confusion affects every industry. Take the computer instruction to hit any key.

Running the Technology Track

Are you running a sprint or a marathon on the technology track? Do you feel like a hamster on a wheel, trying to evaluate new gadgets and systems? Even electrical contractors aren’t immune to technology headaches, especially when you’re spending all of your time just serving your customers.