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. 

Temporary power use


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.
 Temporary power use


For years, Article 516 of the National Electrical Code (NEC)— covering spray applications, dipping and coating processes using flammable liquids, combustible liquids and combustible powders—did not seem to change much, if at all.

National Electrical Code (NEC) sections 90.5(A) and (B) explain how to recognize mandatory rules and permissive rules. In accordance with 90.5(A), mandatory rules identify actions that are specifically required or are specifically prohibited.

Life is full of surprises, and so is the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E. After years of requiring specific information on arc flash equipment labels, as listed in 130.5(H1) through (H3), the 2018 edition has introduced Exception No.

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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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Grounding-Electrode Conductor Sizes, Disconnects and More

Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 250—Grounding and Bonding; Article 320—Armored Cable: Type AC; Article 334—Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC and NMS; Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits and Controllers; Article 440—Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment; Article 702—Optional Standb


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