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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Many of the articles I write for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR originate as questions from people who read my columns or attend my workshops.

Article 210 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers branch circuits, with the exception of circuits that supply motor loads only. Article 430 covers these branch circuits, and Part II covers motor-circuit conductors.

A reader wrote in that an inspector had turned down one of his projects, citing the installation was in violation of National Electrical Code (NEC) 517.13(A) and (B) because Type MC cable was installed in the patient-care areas.

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Sizing Conductors, Part XXVI

Table 310.15(B)(16) is one of the most referenced tables in the National Electrical Code (NEC). It contains allowable (or maximum) ampacities for insulated conductors rated up to and including 2,000 volts (V). The ampacities listed in this table are based on specific conditions.


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Get Over Your Astraphobia

I was involved recently in a discussion on lightning protection for various types of buildings and what standards applied to those installations or if the installations required compliance with NFPA 780, Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems; UL 96A, Standard for Installation

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FAQs On SPDs

A recent training program discussed the requirements for connecting surge protection at service equipment.

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Bathroom Panel, Free Conductor and More

If you have a problem related to the National Electrical Code (NEC), are experiencing difficulty in understanding a Code requirement, or are wondering why or if such a requirement exists, send in your questions and we will let the Code decide. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@earthlink.net.

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The Purpose Of Overcurrent Protection, Grounding Well Casings And More

If you have a problem related to the National Electrical Code (NEC), are experiencing difficulty in understanding a Code requirement, or are wondering why or if such a requirement exists, ask Charlie, and he will let the Code decide. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@earthlink.net.

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Digging Into The Past

Many of the articles that I write for this magazine originate as questions that I receive as I travel, by phone, or come to me as emails. I can answer some of these questions very easily without much controversy by a simple reference to the National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Sizing Conductors, Part XXV

As a general rule in the National Electrical Code (NEC), the ampere rating of the overcurrent device (fuse or breaker) must not be less than the ampacity of the conductor.

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