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  • IDEA’s IDW Data for Contractors Enters Year Three

    The IDEA (Industry Data Exchange Association) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) is now entering its third year of successful use by contractors worldwide to streamline parts ordering and produce accurate and timely estimates.

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  • Common Grounding Issues – Part 1

    Electrical grounding and bonding are important parts of any electrical system. And, they can be somewhat confusing. When it comes to electronic equipment, manufacturers often include instructions to protect their equipment. But, sometimes it compromises the integrity of the overall system.

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  • Common Grounding Issues – Part 2

    In Part 1, we talked about the below-grade ground, or earthing. We looked at some of the approved grounding electrodes possible. This article concerns the installation of ground rods.

    Ground rod installation
    There should be at least two of them, no closer than six feet apart. The lengths recognized are 8 feet (minimum) and 10 feet.

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  • IDW Data Helps Contractors Make Fast Work of Estimates

    For electrical contractors, unless an emergency is involved, getting a job generally means providing a cost estimate, first. And, especially if multiple contractors are competing for the same project, the accuracy of that estimate can mean the difference between turning a profit or taking a loss. Obtaining accurate materials pricing – a time-consuming process – is a critical piece in a successful estimate.

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