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 2014 NEC.
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One of the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) was a new section in Article 110 pertaining to lockable disconnecting means. This is significant because a number of sections throughout the Code contain requirements for disconnecting means.

my april 2015 column, “moving forward,” provided an introduction to a number of public inputs for the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). These inputs were submitted to Code-making panel (CMP) 3, and they addressed power over Ethernet (PoE) cables.

Does the National Electrical Code (NEC) require a 480-volt (V), three-phase, 3-wire, delta-connected system to be grounded? No, it is optional. This article examines the NEC’s electrical-system grounding provision.

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Only Temporary

Recent discussions on ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection for personnel on construction sites have indicated that there seems to be a misunderstanding of whether generator power is excluded from the GFCI requirement.


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Pull- and Junction-Box Calculations, Part VII

314.28 Pull and Junction Boxes Chapter 3 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers wiring methods and materials. Article 314 covers the installation and use of all boxes and conduit bodies used as outlet, device, junction or pull boxes, depending on their use.


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Now Hear This

Within the past few years, many of us have installed surround sound systems in homes and business. What seems to be lacking is an understanding of the new requirements that have been incorporated into the totally revised Article 640 in the National Electrical Code (NEC).


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Transformer Sizes, Metal Clad Cables and More

Outside feeder grounding and bonding Q: What grounding and bonding requirements apply to an outside feeder that supplies a woodworking hobby shop that is located in a detached building and is about 60 feet from, and supplied from, a single-family residence?


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Generator Connection, Air Conditioning Protection and More

Q: Should 250.34 or Article 702 apply to a portable generator that is connected to a domestic refrigerator, freezer, television set, and floor and table lamps in a one-family residence? A: The answer depends on the method used to connect the generator to the appliances.


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Pull- and Junction-Box Calculations, Part VI

314.28 Pull and Junction Boxes Article 314 of the National Electrical Code covers the installation and function of all boxes and conduit bodies used as outlet, device, junction or pull boxes, depending on their use.


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'I Just Want to Meet Code!'

Many professional contractors called to provide a fire alarm system in either a new or existing building have heard the owner exclaim, “I just want to meet code!” Most building owners (especially those not knowledgeable in the code process) have made the assumption that if they instruct you to “jus


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