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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Article 210 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers branch circuits, except when they supply only motor loads, which Article 430 covers. When sizing conductors for branch circuits, it is necessary to comply with the provisions in Article 210.

My last article provided a history and background on Article 400, dealing with flexible cords and cables. This month, I delve further into whether flexible cords and cables could or should be installed in concealed locations.

In a recent training presentation, a question came up about the new identification requirements for automatically controlled receptacles. Does the marking need to be on the receptacle face, or is a marking on the faceplate in compliance?

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Sizing Grounding Electrode Conductors, Restroom Receptacles 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 XVI

When sizing conductors, the rating of the overcurrent device must also be considered.

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Necessary or Not?
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A question was raised at a recent meeting that I attended. It started a search through both current and older versions of the National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Who Wants to Know?

Through the years, I have instructed many seminars for folks using NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Participants often ask the same questions. Here are the most frequently asked questions about NFPA 70E. Does 70E apply to personnel performing electrical installations?

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Disconnecting Means, GTO Cable 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 XV

Table 310.15(B)(16) in the National Electrical Code (NEC) provides allowable or maximum ampacities for insulated conductors rated up to and including 2,000 volts (V).

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