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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National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 110, “Requirements for Electrical Installations,” applies generally to all electrical installations, like all of the articles located in the first four chapters.

Safety for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has come a long way since the first installation requirements were inserted as Article 690 into the 1984 National Electrical Code (NEC).

In the electrical industry, a new method of protecting workers from arc energy is gaining popularity: prevention through design. Simply speaking, the design and installation of equipment or systems incorporates inherent safety features that protect workers from serious arc-flash injuries or death.

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Getting Well-grounded in Grounding Systems

We are often left in the air about exact meanings of grounding problems. This article simplifies the differences between the grounded and grounding conductor. The two aspects of grounding are system grounding and equipment grounding. This article concerns the former.

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Getting Well-grounded in Grounding Systems

We are often left in the air about exact meanings of grounding problems. This article simplifies the differences between the grounded and grounding conductor. The two aspects of grounding are system grounding and equipment grounding. This article concerns the former.

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Article 210 - Branch Circuits

For tables, please see refer to Electrical Contractor magazine. 210.8(A) Dwelling Units

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Generators, Fire Pumps, General Wiring, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 100—Definitions Article 225—Outside Branch Circuits and Feeders Article 230—Services Article 250—Grounding Article 310—Conductors for General Wiring Article 320—Armored Cable: Type AC Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 445—Generators Article 518—Places

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Revisions Address Grounding Separately Derived Systems

There are a number of substantial changes in Article 250 of the 2002 National Electrical Code (NEC) covering grounding and bonding.

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Power Supply for a Fire Pump, Stranded Conductors on Receptacles, Kitchen Light Switches, and More

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

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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