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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Many of the articles I write for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR originate as questions from people who read my columns or attend my workshops.

Article 210 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers branch circuits, with the exception of circuits that supply motor loads only. Article 430 covers these branch circuits, and Part II covers motor-circuit conductors.

A reader wrote in that an inspector had turned down one of his projects, citing the installation was in violation of National Electrical Code (NEC) 517.13(A) and (B) because Type MC cable was installed in the patient-care areas.

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Power Supply for a Fire Pump, Stranded Conductors on Receptacles, Kitchen Light Switches, and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 210—Branch Circuits Article 230—Services Article 250—Grounding Article 408—Switchboards and Panelboards Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 695—Fire Pumps

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2002 NEC Adds High-voltage Requirements
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The electrical industry is rapidly changing. Utility companies are selling high-voltage equipment, including transformers and distribution equipment, to end-users as part of divestiture agreements.

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Article 210 - Branch Circuits
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Please see January issue of Electrical Contracor for referenced figures. 210.8(A) Dwelling Units

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Electrical Installation Requirements, Overcurrent Protection, Lighting Fixtures, and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 230—Services Article 240—Overcurrent Protection Article 310—Conductors for General Wiring Article 410—Lighting Fixtures, Lampholders, Lamps, and Receptacles Article 424—Fixed Electric Space-Heating Equipment

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What Does Article 300 Cover?
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This article Is based on the newly issued 2002 National Electrical Code (NEC). The NEC style has been changed for the 2002 edition. It may take awhile for those who are familiar with previous issues of the Code to become accustomed to using it, but this new style should make it much easier to use.

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Code Changes Require Technical Substantiation
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Sometimes a code change is made with no supporting comment—no technical support —other than “we have been doing it this way for years and have had no trouble.” Section 4-3.3(d) of the NFPA Requirements Governing Committee Projects requires that substantiation be provided for each proposal.

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