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. 

Before we proceed, in part 3 of this series, the change in Section 230.70(A)(4) dealing with service disconnects on one- and two-family dwellings was reversed during the late stages of the development process and never made it into the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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 2017 NEC.
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For many years, the mystery of area classification has resided with a select group of experts within the electrical, petrochemical and industrial sectors. Many electricians, electrical engineers, fire inspectors and electrical inspectors have remained outside of this group.

In the 2017 National Electrical code (NEC), there are a few changes in 110.26. The first change is in subsection (A), which is part of a global change for the upper voltage threshold.

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Can I Really Do That?

There has been a substantial controversy raging throughout the electrical industry for a considerable time now, and hopefully, changes made for the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) will finally resolve this debate.


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Caution: Hazards Ahead

Recently, an electrical contractor and his foreman visited my office to talk about electrical equipment installed in hazardous locations, specifically about explosion-proof, intrinsically safe and nonincendive equipment as well as purged and pressurized systems.


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Developing 'World Class' Fire Alarm Technicians

Almost every owner or manager of a contracting firm brings up the challenging problem of finding and keeping qualified technicians. Some of the old-timers complain they can’t seem to figure out what motivates the younger technicians entering today’s marketplace.


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Function Follows Form

Members of a workshop I instructed on the National Electrical Code (NEC) asked me how to determine the ampacities of conductors based on how they are used in the electrical system.


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Voltage Between Adjacent Devices

Occasionally, an electrical installation practice is discovered that is dangerous to both electrical maintenance personnel and the facility where it is located.


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