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.
 Panelboards in cabinets?


Electrical overcurrent protective system Coordination can be complex and daunting. It is best approached with knowledge of the basics and proper system design.

Without very specific National Electrical code (NEC) rules for determining the right size conductor and the correct size overcurrent protective device, a conductor could overheat and even start a fire.

This article is part 4 in a series that reviews some of the more significant revisions and new requirements in the next National Electrical Code (NEC).

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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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General Installation Requirements, Part XVIII

Understanding the third article of the National Electrical Code (NEC), Article 110, Requirements for Electrical Installations, is essential to having a Code-compliant installation of the electrical system. 



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The Ins And Outs Of Safety

In March, I attended a Central Arizona Chapter International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) meeting. A discussion ensued about the growing number of improperly installed and uncertified light-emitting diode (LED) retrofit lighting kits.


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Voltage Drop: Sizing Equipment Grounding Conductors

The National Electrical Code (NEC) contains the minimum requirements for a safe installation. One must do at least that much when installing electrical equipment and systems. This means understanding how to size electrical conductors of circuits, including the equipment grounding conductors (EGCs).


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General Installation Requirements, Part XVII

Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) contains general requirements for electrical installations. Some of the topics covered include examination and approval, installation and use, and access to and spaces about electrical conductors and equipment.



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What's Cooking? GFCI Protection for Kitchens, Nondwelling Applications

A caller recently asked if all 125-volt (V), 15- and 20-ampere (A) receptacles in a commercial kitchen were required to be ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected, even where part of a listed assembly.


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Disadvantages And Regulations: Code Rules for Ungrounded Systems

The decision to install and operate an ungrounded system is typically a combined effort that includes a design or engineering team, the owner, the operators and sometimes the authority having jurisdiction.


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