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. 

In the electrical industry, a new method of protecting workers from arc energy is gaining popularity: prevention through design. Simply speaking, the design and installation of equipment or systems incorporates inherent safety features that protect workers from serious arc-flash injuries or death.

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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National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 110, “Requirements for Electrical Installations,” applies generally to all electrical installations, like all of the articles located in the first four chapters.

Safety for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has come a long way since the first installation requirements were inserted as Article 690 into the 1984 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Power Down To Earth

Many buildings and structures are supplied by power from a source other than a utility service. If the supply—such as a transformer or generator—is customer-owned, it is not a service and, therefore, is either a feeder or branch circuit.

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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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The Best Of Code Question Of The Day, Part I

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 XXIX

Article 240 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) is titled “Overcurrent Protection.” While this term is not defined, Article 100 defines overcurrent. Overcurrent is any current in excess of the rated current of equipment or the ampacity of a conductor.

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Clarification Required?

A friend of mine recently called with a question about the cover depth requirement for an underground 120-volt (V) lighting circuit installation in rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) conduit supplying a wet-niche luminaire in a swimming pool.

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Down to Earth About Grounding

Ben Franklin already knew enough about grounding to keep the portion of the kite string he was holding dry. Otherwise when the lightning streaked down the wet part of the line and hit the key, he might have received more than a mild shcok when he moved his hand near the key.

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2014 NEC Outlook, Part II

Part I of this series reviewed some Code-wide revisions and some of the significant changes in Chapter 1 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). This segment takes a look at some significant revisions in chapters 2 and 3 (with the comment or proposal number cited after each listing).

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