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 Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
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For many years, the mystery of area classification has resided with a select group of experts within the electrical, petrochemical and industrial sectors. Many electricians, electrical engineers, fire inspectors and electrical inspectors have remained outside of this group.

In the 2017 National Electrical code (NEC), there are a few changes in 110.26. The first change is in subsection (A), which is part of a global change for the upper voltage threshold.

Before we proceed, in part 3 of this series, the change in Section 230.70(A)(4) dealing with service disconnects on one- and two-family dwellings was reversed during the late stages of the development process and never made it into the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Grounding Electrodes, SE Cables and More

Fire pump disconnecting means Q: Is the disconnect for an electric motor driving a fire pump required to be within sight of the motor or is it permitted to be out of sight if capable of being locked in the off position? Can the disconnect and overcurrent protection be located in a panelboard?

Pull- and Junction-Box Calculations, Part IV

314.28 Pull and Junction Boxes The National Electrical Code covers outlet, device, pull and junction boxes; conduit bodies; fittings; and handhole enclosures in Article 314.

Emergency Protection ... Stat!

Providing mechanical protection for branch circuits supplying critical loads in a hospital is extremely important. Any potential damage to these circuits could cost lives.

Panelboards in Stairways, Color Coding and More

Control-circuit transformers Q: Do the requirements of Article 450—Transformers and Transformer Vaults or Article 725—Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited Circuits apply to a control-circuit transformers in a 480-volt combination motor starter?

Pull- and Junction-Box Calculations, Part III

314.28 Pull and Junction Boxes Requirements pertaining to the installation and use of all boxes and conduit bodies used as outlet, device, junction or pull boxes are in Article 314 of the National Electrical Code.

CSI MasterFormat 2004 Part II

Most electrical contractors are so busy making the payroll and payables each week, they don’t pay much attention to changes coming their way until they are hit in the wallet.

Pull- and Junction-Box Calculations, Part II

314.28 Pull and Junction Boxes The National Electrical Code (NEC) has specific requirements detailing how to calculate the maximum numbers of conductors in boxes (outlet, device, junction, pull, etc.) and conduit bodies.