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 development process of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) has begun. In January, 19 Code-making panels (CMPs) held their “first draft” meetings to address roughly 4,000 public inputs (PIs). The NEC is primarily a reactive code that evolves through demonstrated need.

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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Article 90 is the introduction to the National Electrical Code (NEC) book, and it includes specifications that are essential to understanding the chapters and informative annexes that follow. For example, Article 90 explains how to recognize mandatory rules versus permissive rules.

During the recent 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) first revision meetings in Hilton Head, S.C., a number of public inputs were submitted to introduce a new cabling system into Article 725 and Article 760.

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Box-Fill Calculations, Part VII

314.16(B) Box-Fill Calculations The National Electrical Code contains provisions for the maximum numbers and sizes of conductors that can be installed in boxes and conduit bodies.

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GFCI Requirements Expand in 2005 NEC

Ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection for personnel or a similar protection technique has been in the National Electrical Code (NEC) since 1962 with specific reference to GFCI and its definition found in the 1968 NEC.

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Box-Fill Calculations, Part VI

ARTICLE 314 C OUTLET, DEVICE, PULL AND JUNCTION BOXES; CONDUIT BODIES; FITTINGS; AND MANHOLES

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Grounding Electrode Conductors in a Building

Grounding electrodes are required to be installed and connected to electrical services and to some feeders or branch circuits in separate buildings remotely located from the service.

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Working in the Garage

The required placement of receptacles in the wall above a kitchen countertop is uncertain where an appliance garage is present. The Code requirements are the following: “210.52 Dwelling Unit Receptacle Outlets. (C) Countertops (1) Wall Counter Spaces.

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Box-Fill Calculations, Part V

ARTICLE 314 C OUTLET, DEVICE, PULL AND JUNCTION BOXES; CONDUIT BODIES; FITTINGS; AND MANHOLES

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Box-Fill Calculations, Part IV

ARTICLE 314 C Outlet, Device, Pull and Junction Bozes, Conduit Bodies; Fittings; and Manholes 314.16(B) Box-Fill Calculations The National Electrical Code contains requirements for the numbers and sizes of conductors that can be installed in boxes and conduit bodies.

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