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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. 

Progress in the renewable-energy industry is often measured in outsized terms—the best, the biggest, the fastest and the cheapest. When it comes to packing a wallop of solar potential, no place does it like Nevada.


Determining how much of the National Electrical Code (NEC) estimators should know depends on several factors, including how much they initially knew when they became estimators, the type of work they are bidding, who they are working for, the completeness of the bid documents, and their goals as est

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Washington, D.C., is famous for its traffic circles—and infamous for decision-makers who seem to be stuck in them, going round and round and getting nowhere.


There have been survivability requirements in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, since the 1999 edition. The primary purpose is to enable certain circuits to maintain their ability to operate for an extended time during a fire emergency.

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Delegate or Suffocate
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Like many a novice, overworked contractor, I once found myself spread out on the dining room table making a takeoff when my teenage daughter asked if she could help. My first inclination was absolutely negative, but then I figured she could count symbols too.

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Six Sigma and Contractors
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A lot of marketing babble surrounds General Electric's Six Sigma process. When the delivery team needs a glossary as a handout, you know it'll take a while to figure how Six Sigma might help you. In this case, the effort might be worth it.

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Functionality Is Key In Systems Integration
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Complete system integration is critical for a successful company to operate properly. Each business application must be able to work together simultaneously or valuable data will be lost.

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Trends in Buying and Leasing
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An electrical contracting company is worthless on a job site without the proper people and the right tools. Equipping skilled employees with the appropriate tools and equipment at the right time is the difference between profits and disaster.

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Design-Build Strategies
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Using design-build as a project delivery method allows the electrical contractor to provide early input into the construction process and gives the contractor more influence over what product types and brands go into a project.

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Wireless Technology and the Electrical Contractor
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The introduction of fiber optics revolutionized the voice, video and data world. Clearer signals, better durability, improved serviceability and material availability allowed an explosion of this market.

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Article 210--Branch Circuits
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210.52(C)(3) Peninsular Counter Spaces Article 210 covers branch circuits except those that supply only motor loads. Motor load requirements are covered in Article 430. Receptacle placement provisions for dwelling units are stipulated in 210.52(A) through (H).

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