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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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.

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).

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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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Panelboard Orientation

Inspectors, manufacturers, contractors and electricians have debated the installation orientation of panelboards and circuit breakers for many years. Should a panelboard be installed only in a vertical position, or can it be installed horizontally?


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Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part XVI

Article 220—Load Calculations: 220.14 Motors


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Become a Problem Solver

Those of you tasked with selling fire detection and security systems for your company (and we are all in sales in one form or another) look for ways to set your company apart from the competition; most companies try to promote their strengths and benefits to an owner.


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Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part XV

Article 220—Load Calculations; 220.44 Receptacle Load—Other Than Dwelling Units  


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Working Space

How to determine requirements—part 2: To be on the safe side, the working space and space around electrical equipment should always be clear per 110.26(A), if possible.


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