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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.

In the age of sustainability, every conceivable energy source gets equal consideration. Just as wind and solar power have had their growing pains, other viable sources will, too.

In December, I spoke at the International Drone Expo in Los Angeles. The Expo lived up to its name as to being “International” in scope.

The Sisters in Solidarity (SIS) group of IBEW Local No. 292, Minneapolis, was formed in 2013. SIS is a mentoring and support group for women electricians that focuses on developing leadership in its community and union.

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map of the City Yards Project area
Santa Monica Plans An Advanced Microgrid


The City of Santa Monica, Calif., recently received a $1.5 million grant to plan and design a microgrid that will incorporate renewable energy (including solar), combined heat and power, small-scale waste-to-energy, energy storage and electric vehicle charging.



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The old days

Getting It Just Right: Fine-Tuning Estimates


You just spent a lot of time taking off a set of drawings and more time entering the takeoff into your estimating system. Now you can relax, wait for the quotes to come in, send your final price to the general contractors and win the job. Right? I don’t think so.


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Editors' Pick
The Buzz About Drones

So what is all the buzz about drones? The buzz could be the drone itself, which can sound like a swarm of bees flying overhead. However, the media buzz is more about drones delivering pizza or your latest online order directly to your doorstep.



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Editors' Pick
How They Were Made

Today, electrical systems and lighting technology are in a constant state of development. However, the big companies aren’t always responsible for the brightest ideas. Sometimes, the independent inventors who work in the trade create the products that advance existing technology. Curious? Proceed.



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Delucchi carried this coffee mug during his tour as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq.
Hidden Values In Prefabrication

Bill Delucchi was a brand-new apprentice when he first dreamed of starting his own company. In the traditional wisdom of that classic expression, “find a need and fill it,” he saw a need and knew how to fill it.



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Manage Your Marketing

While electrical contractors demonstrate proficiency in completing electrical projects, the process of prospecting for leads, securing contract opportunities and promoting their skills to targeted audiences are necessary components of a thriving business.


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Southwire Tools' SIMpull non-conductive fish tape
Cool Tools: Fish Tape

Fish tapes are essential basic tools that are easy to take for granted, but imagine pulling cable through on a large commercial job without them.



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