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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. 

As the landscape of electricity generation in the United States evolves, natural gas continues to account for an increasing share of the mix.

If you have kept up with the 2017 Nobel prizes, you know three Americans won the prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

Here’s an undeniable truth I’ve learned over the years: When one chapter ends, another is right around the corner. That’s especially true now for me and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

This month, I expand on “Do You Trust the Drawings?” by talking more about establishing the scope of work included in your estimates. Let’s start with verbal instructions.

More on Your Business

Grounding and Testing of Rooftop Electrical Equipment

Valuable equipment installed on rooftops requires careful and specific grounding in order to be protected and to function as intended.

Taking Advantage of the Wireless Market

In the United States, cellular service providers are hurrying to build communications towers to supply these Personal Communications Services (PCSs), and construction is expected to continue through the early part of the next century, at the very least.

Sine Waves Help Determine Power Quality

Writing while listening to the sounds of the ocean surf can be therapeutic. The rise and fall of the waves is like the sine wave of the ac voltage waveform that is often used as the basis to compare with the quality of the power supply.

Inside or Outside,Voice/Data Contractors Prosper

While the stock market has beaten up on electrical, mechanical, and hybrid roll-up companies, voice/data/video (VDV) specialty companies—focusing on long-haul networks and other “outside” work, or on-site network service work—are thriving.

Prescribing the Right Medicine

A plethora of solutions, often called “mitigating devices,” is being marketed for power quality-related problems. Choosing the best one for a particular facility and its problems is similar to prescribing the right medicine for an illness.

Dollars and Sense

The NECA convention products showcase and various industry magazines demonstrate that many preassembled components, tools, and methods can be incorporated into most projects.

Gigabit Ethernet: Components and Standards Development

By now, you know the big attraction of Gigabit Ethernet: it packages information just like classic Ethernet but moves the bits 100 times faster.