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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. 

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 
new “Annual Energy Outlook 2014” predicts that below-average annual increases in U.S. electric generating capacity will occur through 2040; most new capacity will be natural gas-fired facilities.


Bosch Bulldog Xtreme rotary hammer with dust control

A rotary hammer is the tool of choice for most electricians who must make holes in concrete, block and brick. Small rotary hammers are used primarily for drilling holes to install anchors for hanging Unistruts for electrical conduit.

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On a regular basis, Contractors ask me to review their contracts before they sign.

Beginning this month, we are taking a fresh look at Ideas That Work. This column has been part of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine for many years, and most submitted ideas have been time saving and practical.

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The changing role of technology

Tightening The Belt
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The United States’ 114 million households and more than 4.7 million commercial buildings currently account for nearly 40 percent of total U.S. energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In addition, buildings account for 39 percent of U.S.

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Gardner Bender's Ultra Brutus 10,000-pound cable puller
Cool Tools: Cable Pullers
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It is difficult to imagine wiring a large commercial project without using an electrically powered cable puller. 


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Losing an Industry Legend
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Dr. Thomas E. Glavinich passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer on Sunday, April 27, 2014. With his passing, the electrical construction industry has lost an expert, a supporter, a researcher and a wonderful man. Tom’s research helped electrical contractor immensely.

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Look North For Energy Security
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Solar power alone won’t solve America’s energy woes. Thousands of acres of wind farms won’t get the job done either. In fact, there is not one single way to guarantee we’ll have sufficient energy now and in the future.


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Ideas That Work: De-Burring Tip, Enhanced Hole Saw Use and More
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Every month, we pick the top four Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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Oklahoma To Levy Tax on New Residential Solar And Wind
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Despite growing popularity, renewables still face challenges. The list includes such hurdles as high installation costs and intermittency. Taxes will make the costs even higher.


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Ideal SignalTEK II 
network qualifier 
for copper and fiber
Cool Tools: Testing Alarms And Control Systems
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Electrical power is essential for the operation of any building, and more owners and managers want their buildings to be “smart.” What does that even mean?

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