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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Electrical overcurrent protective system Coordination can be complex and daunting. It is best approached with knowledge of the basics and proper system design.

Without very specific National Electrical code (NEC) rules for determining the right size conductor and the correct size overcurrent protective device, a conductor could overheat and even start a fire.

This article is part 4 in a series that reviews some of the more significant revisions and new requirements in the next 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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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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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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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

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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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Derating Type NM Cable, Fire Pump Power and More

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