What is a Ballast?


October 5, 2015 Published by

What is a Ballast?

 

In Fluorescent Lighting systems a Lighting Ballast is a device which is designed to regulate the amount of electrical current required to start and illuminate a lamp. Maintaining sufficient voltage in a linear lamp is an extremely important aspect of a light fixture’s operation. Without the implementation of a ballast, the light fixture would be unable to control the amount of electrical current. Not controlling the electrical current can cause an electrical surge that may result in the destruction of the lamp.... More


How to Win Contracting Jobs


September 21, 2015 Published by

The Chosen One

As a wise green muppet called Yoda once said, “Do… or do not. There is no try.” Because it’s a world of competition out there for contracting jobs, there really is “no try” when it comes to being just the right person that clients look to hire. Here are eight valuable skills to master so that you can stand out as a powerful “Force” among your competitors and claim your position as The Chosen One for potential clients.... More


How to Recognize and Reduce Job Site Theft


September 15, 2015 Published by

When Thieves Strike!!

Theft of construction equipment is a national epidemic. At first you may not notice the disappearance of small items from the job site. However, once the thieves deduce that they’ve gotten away with it, larger things may start to go missing. Unfortunately, in many cases, such thieves happen to be on the company’s payroll.... More


How to be a Respectful Residential Contractor


August 31, 2015 Published by

R-E-S-P-E-C-T The House Rules

 

Working on a project at a residential building presents its own unique set of circumstances. Unlike a more corporate setting, projects set in a home environment mean that your employer is inviting you to come into a very private world of family and the household. While it’s not as straightforward as in other environments, maintaining a professional and pleasant relationship in this setting can be done. Ultimately, the things you need to be aware of all boil down to one thing, respect.

In honor of Aretha Franklin, here are seven guidelines to remember when working in someone’s home to help you demonstrate the right amount of R-E-S-P-E-C-T.... More


Heat Illness and Recognizing Signs of Heat Stroke


August 25, 2015 Published by

The Heat Is On

Whether you’re outside laboring in scorching weather or in a hot indoor environment, working in the heat is unavoidable for many contractors, especially for those located in southern part of the United States. Heat can cause a variety of workplace injuries as the result of sweaty palms, hot surfaces, or fogged up glasses. More perilous, however, is the risk of heatstroke, a dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition. Despite these dangers, it’s a fact that deadlines still need to be met and jobs still need to be done well. Knowing some basic warnings and tips about heat exposure may help you avoid heatstroke while you’re on the job and the heat is on.... More


10 Cool Construction Gadgets to Make Any Mission Possible


August 18, 2015 Published by

Contractor Gadgets to make any Mission Possible

Whether or not you choose to accept them, missions in the contracting field are going to require that you be well equipped with the gear that you need to help you succeed. While having the latest and greatest high tech gadgets in your arsenal may not seem like a necessity, utilizing such tools can help save you time and money while feeling super-agent suave. Here’s a list of some of the newest contractor gadgets to outfit you for those impossible missions, ranging from practical to extravagant technology!... More


How to Build The Essential Tool Box


August 10, 2015 Published by

Building The Essential Toolbox

Keeping a toolbox full of the essentials around the house is a necessity for any home owner. You never know when you might need to make those small repairs around the house, assemble new furniture, or work on a DIY project. So which tools do you really need for a basic toolbox? While some specific tools will vary for some people depending on what they’re using it for, the following is a list of the essential tools that you’ll want to include in your new toolbox.... More


How to Grow Your Contractor Business


July 28, 2015 Published by

Running a small business is no easy task and if you’re wanting to grow you’re probably going to face many hurdles in doing so. While there is no one answer concerning how to increase your business, here are a few tips that might help your small business blossom into something to be proud of.... More