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 210 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers branch circuits, except when they supply only motor loads, which Article 430 covers. When sizing conductors for branch circuits, it is necessary to comply with the provisions in Article 210.

My last article provided a history and background on Article 400, dealing with flexible cords and cables. This month, I delve further into whether flexible cords and cables could or should be installed in concealed locations.

In a recent training presentation, a question came up about the new identification requirements for automatically controlled receptacles. Does the marking need to be on the receptacle face, or is a marking on the faceplate in compliance?

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Grounding Separately Derived Systems: Part 1 - The Basics
by Staff |

A common task for electrical system designers is to design separately derived systems. It is difficult to imagine a building that does not contain a separately derived system.

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Why Does the Code Mention Design E Motors If No One Makes Them?
by Staff |

My business is to conduct seminars on the National Electrical Code (NEC), grounding and bonding, and electrical safety. Even before it went into effect, questions arose in the seminars about coverage of Design E motors in the 1996 NEC.

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Dedicating Equipment Space
by Staff |

In the 1999 National Electrical Code (NEC), Section 110-26, Spaces About Electrical Equipment, consists of 1996 Section 110-16 plus Subsection (f), Dedicated Equipment Space, relocated from 1996 Section 384-4.

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Safely Installing Electrical and Service Panels in Residential Closets
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This month’s column addresses controversial issues that have come up in NECA’s online “Code Question of the Day.” The author gives his opinion in his answers and invites your comments on the material discussed. Please e-mail your comments to brooke@necanet.org.

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Grounding Electrode Connections, Bonding around Swimming Pools, Sizing the Neutral Conductor, and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 250—Grounding; Article 310—Conductors for General Wiring; Article 410—Lighting Fixtures, Lampholders, Lamps, and Receptacles; Article 501—Class I Locations; and Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations Grounding electrode connections

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Improperly Sized Conduit Bodies Can Lead to Conductor Damage
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The requirements for the construction and installation of conduit bodies are mixed with those for boxes and fittings in Article 370 of the National Electrical Code (NEC).

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