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Profiting from Project Conclusion, Part 1

Profiting from Project Conclusion, Part 1

How you end a project helps determine not only profitability on that job, but profitability on future jobs with the same client/customer. Lessons learned during closing out will also affect profitability on similar jobs with other customers. How much money are you leaving on the table? And what about cash flow during the job? Are […]

Viewing Safety as a Separate Set of Requirements

Viewing Safety as a Separate Set of Requirements

Look carefully at your written work procedures. Do they have separate sections for safety? This might seem like a good idea, because safety is so important. You want to make sure it has its own unmistakable space, right? What happens in the real world is people typically gloss over that, if they read it at […]

An Overview, Part 2

An Overview, Part 2

Understanding some myths and facts about lightning protection can help you properly market, sell, and guarantee your lightning protection work. Myth 1. Active systems are better than passive systems. In Part 1, we mentioned “snake oil salesmen.” Those are the people who hawk so-called active systems. “Active systems” don’t provide additional protection in theory or […]

Adjustable Speed Drives, Part 3

Adjustable Speed Drives, Part 3

What are the NEC requirements for Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and other types of Adjustable Speed Drives (ASDs)? You will find these in Part X of Article 430 (430.120 through 430.130). These requirements are the minimum for safety, not instructions on how to select, install, or program a drive for the desired outcome in a […]

10 Dumb Things Smart People Do When Testing Electricity

10 Dumb Things Smart People Do When Testing Electricity

While anyone who works with electricity quickly develops a healthy respect for anything that could possibly be live, even the best of us can make uncharacteristic mistakes when pushed for time. The following is a quick list of WHAT NOT TO DO when taking electrical measurements. Do Not: Replace the original fuse with a cheaper […]