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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I recently was asked to review a series of emails from a colleague about equipment requirements for ready access or, as defined in Article 100 and used within text in the National Electrical Code (NEC), as “readily accessible.” This phrase is used to describe the location of circuit breakers, for ex

What does the National Electrical Code (NEC) require when installing isolated/insulated grounding-type receptacles and auxiliary grounding electrodes?

Most of Article 240 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) provides general requirements for overcurrent protection and overcurrent protective devices not more than 1,000 volts (V), nominal. As a general rule, the overcurrent device rating shall not exceed the ampacity of a conductor.

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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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A Unified Method

Lately, inspectors from a third-party inspection company have been asking me about determining the number of circuits required for outlets installed in dwelling units.

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Baseboard Heaters, Counting Loops 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 XIV

Ambient temperature and the number of current-carrying conductors installed in a raceway or cable are two factors to consider when sizing conductors.

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Sun Protection

In the 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC), 310.10, fine print note No.

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Putting It in Reverse

Participants at one of my recent workshops had questions pertaining to reverse-fed transformers (back-fed). The input side was 480 volts (V), three-phase, and the output side was 120/208V.

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Signage Discrepancies, Counting Conductors 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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