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Before we dim the lights on another decade (it’s 2020 already?!), the nVent ERICO team of application experts extends its deep appreciation for your readership this year. By authoring posts on everything from proper grounding, bonding and surge protection to steps to enhanced safety, we hope to transfer our knowledge to electrical contractors who can apply it for the benefit of their associates.

Expect more helpful advice soon, and if you have specific questions, just ask us or take our survey. Often the best insights come directly from our customers. Without further ado, the top 5 blog posts for nVent ERICO according to you:

1. The Most Influential Trends for Electrical Engineers and Contractors

Electrical Contractor named eight technologies expected to impact electrical engineers and contractors in 2019 and beyond.

Including the smart grid, prefabricated products, LED lighting and the Internet of Things (IoT), have you felt the effect of these innovations on the job site?

Read our post to see the full list and compare your experience against expert predictions.

2. The Pros and Cons of 4 Common Ground Rod Materials

A one-size-fits-all approach does not work when selecting ground rods. We provided key considerations for the most common types including copper-bonded, stainless steel, solid copper and galvanized steel ground rods.

We also looked at important factors such as corrosion resistance, conductivity, ease of installation as well as cost and copper theft determent.

Choosing the appropriate ground rod is only one important step in achieving a comprehensive grounding system. See where grounding fits your strategy for complete facility electrical protection.

3. The Difference Between a Code, Standard, Regulation and Specification in the Electrical Industry

Admit it—we’ve all wondered about the differences between a code and a standard, or what’s a specification versus a regulation?

That’s why we cleared up confusion by explaining how a code establishes a set of rules, a standard supplies the nuts and bolts, specifications outline specific requirements while regulations are systems of rules mandated by law.

Get answers to the questions you always wanted to ask.

4. 5 of the Most Common Electrical Grounding Mistakes You Can Make

Mistakes in electrical grounding systems can leave structures vulnerable to ground faults, side flashes and electronic noise, any of which could result in fire or injury. Fortunately, most mistakes are preventable.

Why is it important to understand impedance guidelines? What can happen if you don’t measure and verify resistance after an install? And how does coiled ground wire become a serious concern?

Now is the time to review what not to do when designing and installing a grounding system.

5. 4 Components to Protect Residential Homes from Lightning Damage

No residential home is immune to the threat of lightning strike damage. And as more technology is added to houses, the risk that strikes and electrical surges pose to homeowners is rising.

A proper lightning protection system has four essential parts including air terminals, interconnecting conductors, electrical equipment protection and a grounding system.

Click the link for details on how to safeguard houses from damage.

More on the Way

For nVent ERICO, helping contractors work safer and more efficiently is mission critical. With even more content on the way, now is a great time to subscribe to our blog. From our team to yours, best wishes for the new year!