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Monthly Archives: January 2017

The 10 PITFALLS of Competitive Bid (Part 1)

If you have been in construction contracting awhile, you are no doubt familiar with competitive bid (CB), which is everywhere in the building industry....

Solar Farms: School of Hard Knocks

As an electrician who has turned to the dark side and become a building inspector, I sometimes ask myself why I became an inspector....

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 – A Roadmap

The Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the information you need. This series of articles provides...

Circuit loading requirements of Section 8 of the CE Code

Can single conductor free air cables be used for conductors terminating directly to distribution equipment? The simple answer is yes, BUT… This article will try...

Transformer Fire in a Substation

If a fire occurs as a result of a failure in a transformer, then the transformer is nearly always a total write off. However,...

Box Fill Calculations

One of the most frequently encountered Code violations, in my experience, would have to be those concerning box fill requirements. More conductors, devices, fittings,...

Copper Ensures Emergency Response Systems Stay Online

Imagine if emergency personnel were unreachable. Frantic phone calls would go unanswered, and emergency vehicles would never leave the station. To a person requesting...

How to Mess Up an Association Without Breaking a Sweat

No matter their strengths, associations—like people—are always at risk. Some dangers are so blatant they dare being ignored. But others, far less obvious, cause...

Factors that Build Phenomenal Leaders

When you think of leadership, you are actually thinking about influence. At its core, leadership is really about influencing the people around you, and...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… PV...

Many jurisdictions have now adopted the 2014 NEC and are starting to feel comfortable with the newer photovoltaic (PV) technologies of transformerless inverters and...
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