Changes to the electrical code are typically viewed as primarily impacting the jobsite, but what every good estimator knows is that anything that affects the jobsite should feed back into the estimate. After all, the estimate’s performance is proven by how accurately it predicts how the job is completed. With this in mind, we will look at some examples from recent changes to the National Electric Code® (NEC)—both this year and previously—that can directly affect the accuracy of your bid and your business.
Read More

 

Available fault current is an important parameter to consider when reviewing a new or even an existing installation of electrical equipment. When standing in front of a line up of switchgear, panelboards, or switchboards, you may be amazed at how many labels you see. These labels are there for a reason. They can be very helpful if you just take the time to understand them. A label that includes the available fault current just may be one of those labels, as it is a requirement of National Electric Code (NEC) Section 110.24, "Available Fault Current." Let's review this section and a few other associated sections to understand this requirement and the various ways it impacts safety.
Read More

 

IEC's Codes and Standards Commitee is often thought of as the committee that helps make rules and regulations. While this is true, the real reason the committee exists is to protect the interests and safety of IEC members. The National Electrical Code (NEC) is a document that sets the standards for the safety of everyone when it comes to installing and using electricity. This article is a brief discussion of one of the attempts by the committee to protect IEC members through proposing a change in the NEC.
Read More

 

Recently, Legrand agreed to become IEC’s first Partner in Learning. With this partnership, Legrand has invested in IEC’s training program and is dedicated to providing the workforce with qualified and educated electrical professionals.
Read More

 

When looking at the entire cost to own a vehicle versus reimbursing drivers at the 2013 IRS rate of 56.5 cents a mile, a company-provided vehicle can cost considerably less. Operating a fleet enables businesses greater control of the ownership-related expenses such as depreciation, interest, tax, registration fees, fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. Right-sizing both the vehicle and the fleet can go a long way toward decreasing the operating expense even in lower mileage applications. But unlike the vehicle's dashboard, there are no blinking lights to warn businesses that reimbursing drivers for using their own vehicles could be dangerous to the bottom line.
Read More

 

Dixie Electric Company is certainly not new to the electrical business, having been in operation since 1908. Until recent years, commercial and construction were their mainstays, and residential service was viewed merely as a side business.
Read More

Written by Gary Golka
 

I could not be happier with the current direction of our great association, the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC). I am extremely honored to be your 2014 IEC National President and will work relentlessly to help improve our industry and promote the merit shop philosophy. This is a job that I will approach with vigor and enthusiasm.
Read More

 

A new year is often a time when people make improvements in their personal lives. The change that gets the most attention is healthy living. In January, gym memberships increase exponentially and the number of diet program enrollments shoot through the roof.
Read More

Written by Melissa Grigsby