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 2017 NEC.
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In the past few months, I have received emails and phone calls from electrical inspectors and contractors stating there is confusion in their areas concerning swimming pool equipotential bonding. They requested that I clarify the bonding requirements for swimming pools.

Thanks to the work of numerous dedicated individuals, there is a 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). This 54th version has been available since August. These days, the Code is revised every three years, but the revision cycle has ranged from one to four years.


This article reviews changes in Chapter 4, Equipment for General Use, in the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
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Isolated Ground Receptacles

Article 517 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) applies to electrical construction and installation criteria in healthcare facilities. Part II of Article 517 provides the requirements for wiring and protection in healthcare facilities and is applicable to all patient care areas.


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OCP for Class 2 and 3 Circuits

The overcurrent protection (OCP) for Class 2 and 3 circuits is inherent because it is equipped in their power supply. Separate OCP when used for these circuits only applies to the supply side of the power source.


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Swimming Pools, Electric Ranges and More

Article 250—Grounding and Bonding; Article 517—Health Care Facilities; Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations; Article 700—Emergency Systems; Article 702—Optional Standby Systems; Various parts of the 2006 edition of Guide Information for Electrical Equipment (White Book) p


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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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NECA's Handprints All Over 2008 Code

The 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC)was approved last month at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) World Safety Conference & Exposition in Boston.


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