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.
 Threadless couplings


Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers general requirements for the examination and approval, installation and use, access to and spaces about electrical conductors and equipment; enclosures intended for personnel entry; and tunnel installations (110.1).

My daughter, Trina Bogart, is an emergency department doctor. She recently emailed me a seemingly simple question. However, when I went to the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), I realized it was actually more complicated.

Service equipment must have an interrupting rating or short-circuit current (SCC) rating equal to or greater than the amount of available fault current supplied.

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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].

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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.

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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.

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GFCI protection at in-ground swimming pool

The Best Of Code Question Of The Day, Part II

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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.

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Directly To The Point

The 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) process received more proposals—including a total of 45 generated by the NEC Correlating Committee Task Group on direct current (DC)—and comments to insert DC into the Code than any other NEC cycle in history.

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2014 NEC Outlook, Part III

This article is a continuation of a concise and complete review of some of the more significant changes that have been incorporated into the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). This segment takes a look at some significant revisions in chapters 4 through 6.

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