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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. 

The leaves are turning here in Bethesda, Md. Fall is a cliched metaphor for change, and it’s the part of the annual cycle that cynics abhor for pumpkin-spiced everything.

Election Day is right around the corner. That probably isn’t news to you, but it is essential to be aware of what’s at stake and to consider the issues that are important to you, your business and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).


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

ETAJ training coordinator Danny VanSickle and instructor Sanders Masters help deliver a trailer full of donated goods to flood victims.

Between Aug. 12–22, an unnamed storm damaged more than 150,000 southern Louisiana homes. Gov. John Bel Edwards said part of the state received more rain in 48 hours than the Mississippi River discharges into the Gulf of Mexico in 18 days.

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Battling PQ Illness

Most of the articles in this column have focused on how to find what type of power quality demons are lurking in your power system. However, the other aspect of PQ is how to get rid of them. Otherwise, it is sort of like a doctor who only diagnoses your illness, but can't offer any treatment.

No Bones About It

Affiliated with Emory University School of medicine and Emory University Hospital, Emory Healthcare in Atlanta boasts revenues in excess of $1 billion and a staff of some 8,400. It is one of the nation's leading healthcare systems and the largest in Georgia.

Meandering Through the Thicket

Some time ago I was in an electrical contractor's office in Cincinnati. There was a framed letter in the president's office representing the company's first contract.

E-Money, Cash Flow and Check 21 - Part 1

On Oct. 28, 2004, the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (passed on the same date in 2003) became effective.

Doleac Electric Keeps Things in Shipshape Along the Gulf Coast

Until recently, oceangoing ships were built from the keel up on a kind of dry dock called a “way.” This was either a temporary structure or permanent inclined surface (some ways are made of brick and concrete and resemble a long ramp) with a network of heavy wooden beams designed so the ship would b

Pervasive Networking

For an easy-to-understand overview of pervasive networking, we turned to Chris Nicoll, director of strategic marketing for Lucent Technologies: “In a broader sense, we see pervasive networking as the ability to communicate and access the same types of services-anytime, anywhere.

Odds for RTOs Improve

While the transmission grid physically connects great swaths of the country, governance of its many segments varies by state and utility.