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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. 

Few one-trick ponies exist in the digital age. As cell phones have become portable computers, other devices also have taken on multiple functions.

This article is the fifth in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. Click here for part five.

Something I’ve thought a lot about since I became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the value of membership in our association. I want to know more about our members’ perception of the value they want and receive from NECA.

In early 2015, the IBEW/NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, Ill., started building a 250-acre on-site facility, the Renewable Energy Training Field (RETF).

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The Latest in the Arlington Industries v. Bridgeport Fittings Legal Battle

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When Chris Chastain took time out to talk with us, he revealed two facts about himself that we highlighted and circled in our notes in preparation to write this column. The first is a special part of his personal work history. The second is a surprise that we divulge at the end of this column.

The World Of NECA Goes Digital

I’ve learned throughout my career to embrace change and the technological advances that come with it. It isn’t always easy, so I’ve had to do it at my own speed.

Channellock XLT (Xtreme Leverage Technology) pliers
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The list of hand tools that are essential to electricians has mostly remained unchanged over the years. Cable cutters and strippers, linemen’s pliers, screwdrivers, crimpers, and other basic tools always are on belts or in pouches or toolboxes.

Long Electric: Wineries Offer Great Opportunities To Showcase Skills

According to The Washington Post, the number of wineries around the United States has grown from about 2,000 in 2000 to approximately 8,000 in 2014. In addition, while they tended to be limited to a handful of states 15 years ago, every state, including Alaska, now boasts at least one winery.

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Yulman Stadium, Tulane University.  Managing the sound in Yulman Stadium included the addition of fill speakers below balcony seating, delay of sound on one side the stadium to synchronize it with sound from the other side and containment of sound within the stadium. Courtesy of Tulane University.
Taking Sound and Video to the Fitting Room

The classic phrase, "one size fits all," is applicable in many situations. Not so, though, in sound and video installation. Each project is unique depending on the architecture of the space, the needs of the client in terms of distribution of the sound and the purpose of the video.