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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. 


Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

The 62nd annual National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention and Trade Show, held in Boston this year from Oct. 7–10, is bursting at the seams with new technology, educational workshops, networking opportunities and product exhibitions.

Today’s contracting environment is characterized by tools that enable productivity. This includes technology solutions (such as project management software) that enable building operators and contractors to monitor and measure project completion.

Contractors are gamblers by nature. They risk their livelihood on a multitude of factors, many of them uncontrollable, such as the weather, commodity prices and the actions of others. Nowhere is this risk better demonstrated than during the competitive bidding process.

More on Your Business

Whose Design Is It Anyway?

There is a tug of war in construction contracts over design responsibility and liability. An owner’s design team will spend months preparing detailed drawings and specifications.

Shields Up: Protecting Yourself From Investment Scams

For the last two months, I have offered information on choosing an honest, responsible financial adviser. But all investments involve some element of risk, and scam artists can victimize even the most sophisticated clients.

Staying One (or More) Step Ahead

In America and around the world, the energy landscape is changing at a swift pace. Change isn’t always easy, but you can count on the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and its members to be at the forefront of those exciting developments. It has been a busy few months.

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Cool Tools: Insulated Tools

Safety practices dictate that power lines and equipment must be de-energized before electricians can work on them. Only qualified people are permitted to work on live circuits under special circumstances, and they must use proper safety protection and equipment, which includes insulated tools.

Arcadia Electrical And New York Look To Light Up Crime

Arcadia Electrical Company, Ridgewood, N.Y., installed 341 new lighting fixtures near walkways, playgrounds and parking lots at Polo Grounds Towers in Harlem as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Action Plan (MAP), an initiative to reduce crime and increase neighborhood safety at 15 New York City Housin

Ideas That Work: Spill Avoidance, GFCI Tip and Dollar-Store Solution

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

San Francisco Requires Solar Panels On All New Buildings

In the widening embrace 
of renewable energy, cities have become a catalyst. For example, San Francisco recently approved an ordinance requiring solar panels on all new residential and commercial buildings constructed in the city beginning in January 2017.