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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Historically, the National Electrical Code (NEC) has required much of the electrical equipment, wiring methods and other electrical parts used in the electrical industry to be listed.

Section 110.26 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) requires specific minimums for working space around electrical equipment. Section 110.26 is divided into six subsections, and some of them contain even more subsections.


Every three years, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is revised and often expanded. As the 2017 NEC development cycle comes to a close, the final stages of the process unfold.

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Change of Plans

The price of copper has been increasing at an incredible rate over the past few years; the reasons for the increase is not an issue that will be discussed here, but the resulting price escalation affects the electrical industry since many of the electrical conductors used in construction are copper


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Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part X

Maximum Loads: Last month’s Code in Focus concluded by covering loads for additions to existing installations; this month, the discussion continues with maximum loads as specified in 220.18.


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Twist-Lock Receptacles, Conductors and More

Included articles: Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 230—Services; Article 250—Grounding and Bonding; Article 300—Wiring Methods; Article 310—Conductors for General Wiring; Article 314—Outlet, Device, Pull, and Junction Boxes; Conduit Bodies; Fittings; and Handhole Enclosures; Article 320—Armored


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Danger: High Voltage

Applying caution to electrical inspection: I could not do my job as an inspector if I couldn’t open doors and covers of energized equipment; when I came aboard, they gave me a screwdriver and a flashlight and turned me loose.


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Getting Started in Security

Bill yourself as code-compliant and follow the rules: Electronic security systems forecasts show continued industry growth; In fact, some studies indicate this $16 billion market will grow at an annual rate approaching 7 percent.


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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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