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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. 

Once again, I was inspired to write after reading a post in a LinkedIn construction group. The article, “If I Own a Drill, Does That Make Me a Dentist?” laments the belief that simply buying a tool makes one a skilled craftsperson.

From left: Greg Cummins, Ed Schuler and Kevin Rickett

Smarter materials management is especially beneficial in electrical service work. Service electricians are constantly confronted with the challenge of obtaining materials while striving to minimize the amount of lost time, back-and-forth travel and rush charges that inevitably follow.


Klein voltage tester with flashlight

One of the most basic tools every electrician carries is the noncontact voltage tester. Essential complementary tools include circuit breaker finders and tone probes for tracing wires. Scanning devices are able to see through walls and floors to identify wires, conduits and other objects.





A recent World Wildlife Fund survey found that almost half of Fortune 500 companies have at least one climate or clean-energy goal. It’s good business to be eco-friendly, and the construction industry has made great strides in going green without sacrificing profits.

More on Your Business

 
Reducing the Cost of Material Distribution

Part I: The Paradox   As the economic landscape of the electrical industry shifts from industrial to commercial/residential, the contractors demand more effective services from their supplier/distributors. Every day owners and operators of electrical distributors must face the question: Who are we?


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Build Revenue and Customer Loyalty

  Service and maintenance are an important value-added opportunity for the electrical contractor.


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Catching Some Zs

Don’t fall asleep at the wheel of your business No matter how well you plan and manage your company, you cannot guarantee that you won’t be one of the 40,000 companies filing bankruptcy in a given year. Not all factors resulting in business failure are under your control.


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Setting up Camp in a Hotel

How to manage the working environment Contractors have learned through trial and error that every project runs differently. Though some components may be standard, some projects may require certain attention to detail regarding the crew’s work.


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The Ups and Downs

A power play with hotel elevators In hospitality and gaming facilities, elevators are a vital system—a system that relies on power quality. Generally, the height of these facilities makes the use of stairs an alternative for only a few patrons.


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