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Codes & Standards


Essential to the work of the electrical contractor is knowledge of the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Installation Standards and additional standards and codes administered by the National Fire Protection Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and others. Here is a list of all our articles on codes and standards listed chronologically by issue date. 

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent 
to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.
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Article 240, in the National Electrical Code (NEC), provides general requirements for overcurrent protection and overcurrent protective devices.

For many years, Article 250, which covers grounding and bonding in the National Electrical Code (NEC), only contained two tables. Table 250.122 was used for sizing the equipment grounding conductors, based on the size of the overcurrent protective device in the circuit.

Energy management is becoming commonplace in today’s electrical infrastructures through the control of utilization equipment, energy storage and power production. Yet, limited consideration is found in electrical installation standards to actively manage these systems.

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Sizing Conductors, Part XXXII
by Staff |

With a lot of work from many dedicated individuals, the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) became available at the end of August 2013. The Code is revised every three years, but the revision cycle has not always been three years. Revision cycles have ranged from one to four years. 

The Best Of Code Question Of The Day, Part III

Charlie Trout, author of Code FAQs and Code Question of the Day, has retired. Enjoy these highlights from his past responses. Sealing conduit that passes into refrigerated room

Sizing Conductors, Part XXXI

Tap conductor rules are located in Article 240 in the National Electrical Code (NEC). A tap conductor (as used in Article 240) has overcurrent protection ahead of its point of supply that exceeds the value permitted for similar conductors that are protected as described elsewhere in 240.4 [240.2].

AFCIs Settle Into Code

Installation requirements for arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) in 210.12 of National Electrical Code (NEC) have been modified considerably in the past three NEC cycles and have changed dramatically in the 2014 NEC.

Figure 1: 10-foot feeder tap
Applied Tap Rules

Someone recently asked me to explain the differences between the 10-foot tap rule and the 25-foot tap rule as they apply to feeders. An additional question was raised about connecting multiple taps to the same feeder using both the 10- and 25-foot tap rules.

GFCI protection at in-ground swimming pool

The Best Of Code Question Of The Day, Part II

Charlie Trout, author of Code FAQs and Code Question of the Day, has retired. 
For the rest of 2013, enjoy these snippets from his daily responses.
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Sizing Conductors, Part XXX

transformer secondary conductor rules are similar to tap conductor rules. Article 240.21 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers the location and sizing requirements of overcurrent protection for tap conductors and transformer secondary conductors.