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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. 

Throughout history, military technology has evolved into far-flung and highly useful civilian applications. The Humvee notwithstanding, consumers have benefitted in many ways from technology that was first applied on the battlefield.


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The workplaces of the world pose multiple hazards to the men and women in the building and construction trades, and there are many different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) to guard the wearer from specific, potentially deadly hazards.

In July, Tesla Motors and Panasonic signed a cooperation agreement to build a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States. They call it the “Gigafactory.”


Ideal Networks SignalTEK CT Gigabit cable performance tester

For commercial structures, certification tests document that a building’s voice/data/video network complies with industry standards.


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Backup Power Systems Provide the Most Reliable, Uninterrupted Power
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Blackouts, brownouts, surges, and outages cause downtime—costly downtime in many cases. With billions of dollars at stake, backup power strategies are no longer optional. They are a necessary way of ensuring reliable power. That peace of mind requires carefully planned strategies.

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Servicing Emergency and Standby Power Systems
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Emergency and standby power systems provide electric power to critical loads in commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings.

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Active Enterprises Inc. Delivers Backup for Giant Utility
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Goliath-like utility company ComEdison recently turned to a David of the electrical contracting industry, Active Enterprises Inc., for the Wood Dale, Ill.-based company’s specialized talents in installing backup generators for computer-based facilities.

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Residential LANs: Crawl before You Walk
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Now that home automation has become the wave of the future, many people are seeking residential LANs that increase their homes’ efficiency.

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Earn and Learn with Lutron
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Electrical contractors can learn about lighting control and dimming systems that increase profitability while adding value through manufacturer training programs.

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How Far and Deep Can You See?
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Your contract may involve new construction or rehabilitation of an existing facility. In both cases, the contract will likely contain a site inspection clause requiring you to familiarize yourself with existing conditions and take those conditions into account in your estimating and scheduling.

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An Ounce of Prevention
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When I went through “Firefighter 101” training, the instructors emphasized that the primary purpose of a fire department is to prevent fires, not to put them out. The old adage that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” applies to the power quality world as well.

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