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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.

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David Hounshell is trained in electrical engineering and history and focuses on innovation at the intersection of science, technology and industry. He is currently writing two more books.
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Electrical contractors convey electrical products on the last mile of the journey from manufacturer through distributor to installation. This applies to products for every type of electrical work.


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Youth Movement: Attracting Young Workers to Construction

Have you noticed the trend in the business press connecting employee happiness with loyalty and retention? For young workers, money is no longer the sole consideration. Now, they seek unquantifiable factors, such as enjoyment and fulfillment.


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Channellock’s 440 12-inch straight-jaw, tongue- and-groove pliers
Cool Tools: Hand Tool Improvements

Most hand tools used by electricians have evolved to improve function, ergonomics and durability. Over time, a simple tool can adjust to special applications. Consider how many types of pliers are available today.



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Remodeling Spending Continues To Grow in 2017

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is foretelling a good year ahead for home remodeling. According to the organization’s 2017 projections, in the average zip code, remodelers will spend roughly $6,200 per home improvement project, up from $5,800 in NAHB’s 2016 projections.


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Trump to Pull U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement—What Does It Mean for ECs?

On June 1, after returning from his first international trip, President Trump officially announced his intention to pull the United States from the Paris climate agreement. It's a decision that has rocked the political world, especially in terms of international relations.


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Time for a Facelift

Recently, a few of us went to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate for a symposium about the energy efficiency of historic sites. It was hosted by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology.


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