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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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.
 Follow specs or nameplate?


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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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Know Your Type: Branch-circuit wiring in patient care areas


Someone recently inquired about the proper wiring methods in a patient care location of a healthcare facility. A few factors relate to this determination.

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NM Cable In A Drop Ceiling, Terminals For Multiple Conductors And More

Editor’s note: Charlie Trout is moving on to retirement. This edition of Code FAQs will be the last collection of questions and answers he will provide. For the next few months, tune in for a “best of” series of Code Questions of the Day by Charlie. A new writer will be introduced in January.

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