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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I recently was asked to review a series of emails from a colleague about equipment requirements for ready access or, as defined in Article 100 and used within text in the National Electrical Code (NEC), as “readily accessible.” This phrase is used to describe the location of circuit breakers, for ex

What does the National Electrical Code (NEC) require when installing isolated/insulated grounding-type receptacles and auxiliary grounding electrodes?

Most of Article 240 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) provides general requirements for overcurrent protection and overcurrent protective devices not more than 1,000 volts (V), nominal. As a general rule, the overcurrent device rating shall not exceed the ampacity of a conductor.

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Installing Cable TV in a Nursing Home Facility
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As the Baby Boomers of our society reach their golden years, the need for more and more nursing home facilities will become imperative. Electrical contractors will be faced with the responsibility of properly installing many different sophisticated systems within these nursing homes.

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Adequate Short-circuit, Ground-fault, and Overload Protection
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Continuing with our review of taps from branch circuits, Sec. 210-19 and from feeders, Sec. 240-21(b) and (c), we turn now to 240-21(d), which is a reference to Sec. 230-91, Service Conductors.

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Overcurrent Protection, Grounding, Air Conditioning and Refrigerator Equipment, and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 240—Overcurrent Protection Article 250—Grounding Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 440—Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations Overcurrent protection

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Group Classifications of Gases or Vapors in a Hazardous (Classified) Location
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It is possible to ignite combustible gases or vapors either directly from an arc or spark at the electrical equipment or from the heat generated by the electrical equipment, so extraordinary care must be taken when installing electrical equipment in these areas.

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Making Sense of the Tap Rules
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Last month we discussedSection 240-21 tap rules, and the effectiveness of the overcurrent protection for the tapped conductors. Sec. 240-21(b)(4) Taps Over 25 ft.

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Article 210 - Branch Circuits
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210-7(d) Replacements

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