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. 

The development process of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) has begun. In January, 19 Code-making panels (CMPs) held their “first draft” meetings to address roughly 4,000 public inputs (PIs). The NEC is primarily a reactive code that evolves through demonstrated need.

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 90 is the introduction to the National Electrical Code (NEC) book, and it includes specifications that are essential to understanding the chapters and informative annexes that follow. For example, Article 90 explains how to recognize mandatory rules versus permissive rules.

During the recent 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) first revision meetings in Hilton Head, S.C., a number of public inputs were submitted to introduce a new cabling system into Article 725 and Article 760.

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Often Misunderstood

“Motor contribution” is only used in 240.86(C) in the National Electrical Code (NEC), but the NEC does not define it anywhere. A full explanation of this important electrical application is located in other publications, such as fuse and circuit-breaker protection books and articles.

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Do We Need Hospital-Grade Receptacles?

Occasionally, I provide training on electrical wiring in healthcare facilities, and frequently I am asked about the requirements for hospital-grade receptacles. One individual recently indicated that the medical building’s patient-care areas are being wired using hospital MC cable.

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Reexamining Healthcare Reform

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law more than three years ago. It is still not ready to roll out.


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Grounding Well Casings, Dry-Type Transformers 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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Sizing Conductors, Part XXVII

Section 240.21 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) contains feeder tap rules. As defined in 240.2, a tap conductor 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.

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Another Autumn, Another New NEC

As we enter the fall, crops are ready for harvest, the leaves on trees are turning color, the evenings have a slight chill, baseball season is nearing an end, football season is just getting started, and we have a new 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Mission-Critical Wiring

At a recent training presentation on wiring for healthcare facilities, there was a question about protection for the emergency system in a hospital.

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