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. 

The development process of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) has begun. In January, 19 Code-making panels (CMPs) held their “first draft” meetings to address roughly 4,000 public inputs (PIs). The NEC is primarily a reactive code that evolves through demonstrated need.

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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Article 90 is the introduction to the National Electrical Code (NEC) book, and it includes specifications that are essential to understanding the chapters and informative annexes that follow. For example, Article 90 explains how to recognize mandatory rules versus permissive rules.

During the recent 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) first revision meetings in Hilton Head, S.C., a number of public inputs were submitted to introduce a new cabling system into Article 725 and Article 760.

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Electrocution in a Water Fountain

In June 1978, at a South Carolina resort, a young woman wearing only a bathing suit was observed in the early evening stepping into an illuminated water fountain. The fountain was circular with a diameter of 16 feet and a maximum depth in the center of about one foot.

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Pool Codes Get Rewrite

Article 680 covering swimming pools, fountains and similar installations has been totally rewritten for the 2002 National Electrical Code (NEC). Over the past NEC cycles, this article has grown substantially in size and a major rewrite was needed to make it easier to understand and use.

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Article 210: Branch Circuits

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A Change in Motor Disconnect Locations

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Installing Smoke Detectors (Alarms)

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