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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One of the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) was a new section in Article 110 pertaining to lockable disconnecting means. This is significant because a number of sections throughout the Code contain requirements for disconnecting means.

my april 2015 column, “moving forward,” provided an introduction to a number of public inputs for the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). These inputs were submitted to Code-making panel (CMP) 3, and they addressed power over Ethernet (PoE) cables.

Does the National Electrical Code (NEC) require a 480-volt (V), three-phase, 3-wire, delta-connected system to be grounded? No, it is optional. This article examines the NEC’s electrical-system grounding provision.

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Class 2 and 3 Circuits

Class 2 and 3 circuits are defined as the portion of the wiring system between the power source and the connected equipment.


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Lying Down on the Job

As my March 2007 column “At the Service Entrance” detailed, inspectors, manufacturers, contractors and electricians have long debated the installation orientation of panelboards and circuit breakers. Should a panelboard be installed in only a vertical position, or can it be installed horizontally?


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Voltage Limits, Hall Area Lighting and More

Article 210 Branch Circuits; Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring; Article 404 Switches; Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers; Article 695 Fire Pumps; Article 702 Optional Standby Systems; Chapter 9 Tables; The 2006 edition of the Guide Information for Electrical Equipment publis


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Panelboard Orientation

Inspectors, manufacturers, contractors and electricians have debated the installation orientation of panelboards and circuit breakers for many years. Should a panelboard be installed only in a vertical position, or can it be installed horizontally?


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Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part XVI

Article 220—Load Calculations: 220.14 Motors


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Become a Problem Solver

Those of you tasked with selling fire detection and security systems for your company (and we are all in sales in one form or another) look for ways to set your company apart from the competition; most companies try to promote their strengths and benefits to an owner.


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