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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The first National Electrical Code (NEC) was developed in 1897. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) became the developer and publisher of the National Electrical Code (NEC) in 1911, and the NFPA continues to develop and publish the Code today.

New text in section 424.66(A) of the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) covers working space for electrical enclosures of resistance heating-element-type duct heaters mounted on air-duct systems in limited-access areas.

For many years, The National Electrical Code (NEC) has provided rules for equipment disconnects. NEC requirements are very specific for motors and motor-driven machinery, but they differ from lockout/tagout rules in NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. The reason is simple.

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Vampires, Phantoms and Energy Hogs

At a recent National Electrical Code (NEC) update seminar, 
I was asked about the new requirements to install a grounded (neutral) conductor in a box for switches that control lighting loads.

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Reliability Of Service, Lockable Disconnect And More

Editor’s note: Jim Dollard is our new Code FAQs columnist. While he has big shoes to fill after Charlie Trout’s retirement, he has an extensive background in codes and standards. He also has a new email address for you to send in your questions: codefaqs@gmail.com.


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Sizing Conductors, Part XXXII

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. 


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Stay Dry

I made a comment while teaching a class that nonmetallic (NM) cable was not permitted in an outdoor, wet location. An attendee took exception to that statement and asked me to provide National Electrical Code (NEC) justification for the assertion.

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Equipment Or Building?

At some properties, a single electric utility service supplies multiple buildings or structures. The service could directly supply one of the buildings, and feeders or branch circuits supply other buildings from that service equipment.

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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


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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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