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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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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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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You Say Potato, I Say Tomato?

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) documents use a totally different nomenclature to describe the electrical potential between phase conductors and earth than the National Electrical Code (NEC).


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After All These Years

Adequacy of reducing washers questioned When removing concentric or eccentric knockouts from a sheet-metal enclosure, it sometimes happens that a larger size than desired comes out or the only available knockout is larger than needed.


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