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. 

The 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) has new requirements for field-applied hazard warning markings, signs and labels. Throughout the NEC, rules that required signs, labels and other markings also required a specific signal word be included in the sign, label or marking.

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.
 Previous use of gray conductors


Article 310 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers general requirements for conductors and their type designations, insulations, markings, mechanical strengths, ampacity ratings and uses.

A recent change in the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) creates a new method for determining the size of service and feeder conductors for 120/240-volt (V), single-phase services for one-family, individual units of two-family dwellings, and individual units for multifamily dwellings.

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The Ins and Outs of AFCI Protection

The arc-fault circuit-interrupter (AFCI) has been around for three National Electrical Code (NEC) cycles and, with the advent of the new 2005 NEC, will have been present in three editions, although with various changes within each edition.

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Liability Risks in Healthcare Facilities

Contractors need to develop highly specialized knowledge Healthcare facilities present the potential for financial gain for properly qualified electrical contractors. These projects also present a downside of risk of increased liability due to the nature of the projects and potential damages.

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A Question of Protection

In many conversations with electrical inspectors on the subject of arc-fault circuit-interrupters (AFCIs), I find them variously questioning, doubtful, confused, bewildered and puzzled concerning the application of 210.12.

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Wall Space in Dwelling Units, Bonding Metal Water and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 250 Grounding Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 314 Outlet, Device, Pull and Junction Boxes; Conduit Bodies; Fittings; and Manholes Article 410 Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures), Lam

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Extra Credit

Owners often contact contractors to install fire alarm systems in existing buildings. And, just as often, the Code does not require these installations. Rather, the building owner simply wants a fire alarm system installed for his or her own peace of mind.

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Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part VIII

Article 210 specifies provisions for all branch circuits except for branch circuits supplying only motor loads. Article 430 contains motor load requirements. Branch circuits with combination loads (motor and non-motor) must be installed in accordance with Articles 210 and 430.

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