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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Bathroom Installations, Circuit Breakers and More

Switch height for paddle fan Q: Is there a minimum and maximum height for a wall switch that controls a paddle fan in a bedroom of a multifamily dwelling? A: There are no special rules for the height of a wall switch that controls a ceiling fan.

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What's Protected?

Changes involving ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection for personnel have been present in every National Electrical Code (NEC) cycle since GFCIs were inserted into the 1962 NEC.

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Loss of Power Can Be Devastating

With the 2005 hurricane season a distinct memory for all involved in those tremendously destructive storms, recovery and reconstruction is a painfully slow process.

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Overcurrent Protection, Disconnecting Means and Mo

Disconnecting means Q: Disconnecting means for circuits supplied by a generator are required where the circuits enter a building or structure. Are these disconnects from an outdoor generator required to meet the rules in Article 225? Is there a maximum number of disconnects permitted?

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Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part III

220.14 Other Loads—All Occupancies Article 220 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) contains requirements for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads. Knowing how to perform load calculations is an essential part of being an electrician.

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A Concept Change

Hidden within the rewrite of Articles 511 and 514—which cover repair garages for motor vehicles and motor fuel dispensing stations, respectively, in the 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC)—is a major change in the concept of hazardous (classified) locations.

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