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. Send questions to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
 Kitchen GFCIs


A friend recently sent me an email with this picture (right) of a manual fire alarm pull station mounted on the side of an electrical panelboard. My friend was inspecting the fire alarm system and was accompanied by the electrician who had installed both the fire alarm and electrical systems.

All of the chapters in the National Electrical Code (NEC) contain tables, but not all of the chapters contain articles. Chapter 9 does not contain any articles; this last chapter only contains tables. The first of two articles in Chapter 1 is Article 100, Definitions.

Reducing differences of potential between conductive equipment or other objects and ground (earth) helps minimize shock hazards in normal circuit operation.

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Voltage Between Adjacent Devices

Occasionally, an electrical installation practice is discovered that is dangerous to both electrical maintenance personnel and the facility where it is located.


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Protecting Transformers

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Electrode Conductors, AFCIs and More

Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations; Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 250—Grounding and Bonding; Article 392—Cable Trays; Article 408—Switchboards and Panelboards; Article 517—Health Care Facilities; Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations; The 2006 ed


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Significant Changes for the 2008 NEC -Part 2

There were 3,688 proposals for changes to the National Electrical Code (NEC) and approximately 2,500 comments processed by National Fire Protection Association staff at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Mass. The following is part two in a series of significant changes for the 2008 NEC.


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