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  • Contractor Software Goes Mobile with Smartphone and Tablet Apps

    With an average age of 58, according to 2018 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) figures, electrical contractors might not fall into the “early adopters” category, when it comes to technology use. However, electrical pros are increasingly seeing the value in the range of construction software and other productivity tools now available as mobile device apps.

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  • Cloud-based CMMS Software Keeps PM Tracking Manageable

    A major part of ensuring your company stays profitable is maintaining your own assets. That includes everything from tracking equipment location to ensuring proper maintenance PM schedules and repairs are followed. Whether your business is mobile or tied to a location, keeping equipment in optimal condition is vital to your success.

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  • Conduit Comparisons… and a Surprising Fact

    There are several types of conduit. Of course, you know that. But in this article, we're only going to discuss metallic conduits. PVC conduit may be a topic for another day. Because of their somewhat fragile composition — particularly in commercial and industrial settings — they don't fit in with this article.

    Of course, the main two families of conduit, if conduits had families, are steel and aluminum.

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  • Nonmetallic Electrical Enclosures

    I’ve installed (and replaced) a lot of enclosures over the last 30 years. And I’ve probably used just about every type of enclosure, from small metal EMT boxes with knockouts to stainless steel behemoths that needed drilled or punched.

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  • Accessorizing Your Nonmetallic Enclosure

    I don’t know if you watched it, but one of my favorite adult cartoons was “King of the Hill.” Hank, the main character was easy to identify with (although I look more like his father, Cotton).

    Hank sold, as he often mentioned, “Propane and propane accessories.”

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  • Know the Challenges Solar Project Fittings Can Face

    Solar energy has grown from a niche player in the electricity-generation market to a significant contributor to U.S. energy markets. Aiding that growth have been notable equipment improvements, including more efficient photovoltaic (PV) panels and the introduction of smart inverters enabling safer and more productive operation of installed PV systems. But some contractors might not yet realize that even the most basic connectors and other fittings also have become optimized for the harsh conditions they can face in solar applications.

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