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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Some photovoltaic (PV) inverter manufacturers have designed and built transformer-less inverters to add to their existing line of transformer-type inverters for installation in the United States. Transformer-less inverters have been popular in Europe for quite some time.

Article 430 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers motors, motor branch-circuit and feeder conductors, motor branch-circuit and feeder protection, motor-overload protection, motor-control circuits, motor controllers, and motor-control centers.

During a recent National Electrical Code (NEC) training program, inquiries about ground-fault protection of equipment (GFPE) were raised.

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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 XIII

When sizing conductors, more is involved than just looking at Table 310.15(B)(16) in the National Electrical Code (NEC) and selecting a copper or aluminum conductor with the right ampacity. Of all the tables in Article 310, Table 310.15(B)(16) is referenced the most.

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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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Planning for PV Output

I started this series of articles after a friend asked some questions about overcurrent protection for the direct current (DC) output of photovoltaic (PV) modules, the DC output of combiner boxes, the location of disconnects for both the DC side and the alternating current (AC) side of the inverter,

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Boxes and Raceways, Dead-Front Panels 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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