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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Transformer Protection, Disconnecting Means and More

Article 100                Definitions Article 210                Branch Circuits Article 240                Overcurrent Protection Article 250                Grounding and Bonding Article 310                Conductors for General Wiring Article 404                Switches Article 410              


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Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part IX

Article 220—Load Calculations 220.14 Other Loads—All Occupancies Understanding how to perform load calculations is an important part of an electrician’s professional career.


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You Say Potato, I Say Tomato?

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) documents use a totally different nomenclature to describe the electrical potential between phase conductors and earth than the National Electrical Code (NEC).


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After All These Years

Adequacy of reducing washers questioned When removing concentric or eccentric knockouts from a sheet-metal enclosure, it sometimes happens that a larger size than desired comes out or the only available knockout is larger than needed.


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Avoid Acceptance Test Failures

Understand related systems and learn important cues Why do many contractors continue to avoid scheduling the fire alarm system installation inspection? Is it because they know the system might fail the acceptance test and, as such, would thereby delay occupancy?


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GFCI Protection, Conductors and More

Article 210                Branch Circuits Article 240                Overcurrent Protection


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Shelter from the Storm

The gray area of electrical outlet installation Several problems arise when installing an outlet box on the exterior of a building.


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