Electrical Contractor Magazine

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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Article 240, in the National Electrical Code (NEC), provides general requirements for overcurrent protection and overcurrent protective devices.

For many years, Article 250, which covers grounding and bonding in the National Electrical Code (NEC), only contained two tables. Table 250.122 was used for sizing the equipment grounding conductors, based on the size of the overcurrent protective device in the circuit.

Energy management is becoming commonplace in today’s electrical infrastructures through the control of utilization equipment, energy storage and power production. Yet, limited consideration is found in electrical installation standards to actively manage these systems.

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More on Codes & Standards

 
Noteworthy Code Changes Concern Branch Circuits
by Staff |

Several changes in the 1999 National Electrical Code (NEC) in Article 210, Branch Circuits, are worthy of comment.

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Article 370 - Boxes, Conduit Bodies, and Fittings
by Staff |

370-23(d)(2) Enclosures Fastened to Support Wires

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Branch Circuits, Grounding, Flexible Metal Conduit, Motors, and Transformers
by Staff |

CODE CITATIONS Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 220—Branch-Circuit, Feeder, and Service Calculations; Article 250—Grounding; Article 350—Flexible Metal Conduit; Article 410—Lighting Fixtures, Lampholders, Lamps, and Receptacles; Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers; and

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Installing Electrical Equipment in a Combustible Dust Location
by Staff |

Article 502 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers the installation of electrical equipment in a combustible dust location.

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Safe Working Spaces around Electrical Equipment Allow Hasty Retreat
by Staff |

Over the past few months, we have discussed how good electrical design practice cannot and should not ignore the safety implications associated with the electrical installation.

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Is It Worth Removing the Exceptions?
by Staff |

Herewith, various 1999 National Electrical Code (NEC) issues that do not warrant a whole page of discussion. This is an example of why it is wrong to follow a “remove exceptions” edict without first examining the consequences. The 1996 NEC, Section 410-12 reads as follows:

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