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.
 Communications cable and 300.4(E)


Understanding the third article of the National Electrical Code (NEC), Article 110, Requirements for Electrical Installations, is essential to having a Code-compliant installation of the electrical system. 


In March, I attended a Central Arizona Chapter International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) meeting. A discussion ensued about the growing number of improperly installed and uncertified light-emitting diode (LED) retrofit lighting kits.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) contains the minimum requirements for a safe installation. One must do at least that much when installing electrical equipment and systems. This means understanding how to size electrical conductors of circuits, including the equipment grounding conductors (EGCs).

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Grounding Electrode Conductors in a Building

Grounding electrodes are required to be installed and connected to electrical services and to some feeders or branch circuits in separate buildings remotely located from the service.


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Box-Fill Calculations, Part VI

ARTICLE 314 C OUTLET, DEVICE, PULL AND JUNCTION BOXES; CONDUIT BODIES; FITTINGS; AND MANHOLES


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Working in the Garage

The required placement of receptacles in the wall above a kitchen countertop is uncertain where an appliance garage is present. The Code requirements are the following: “210.52 Dwelling Unit Receptacle Outlets. (C) Countertops (1) Wall Counter Spaces.


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Box-Fill Calculations, Part V

ARTICLE 314 C OUTLET, DEVICE, PULL AND JUNCTION BOXES; CONDUIT BODIES; FITTINGS; AND MANHOLES


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Box-Fill Calculations, Part IV

ARTICLE 314 C Outlet, Device, Pull and Junction Bozes, Conduit Bodies; Fittings; and Manholes 314.16(B) Box-Fill Calculations The National Electrical Code contains requirements for the numbers and sizes of conductors that can be installed in boxes and conduit bodies.


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Grounding a Meter Socket

Consider a typical 120/240V single-phase service with a separate cast meter socket and a rigid steel conduit nipple connecting the meter socket to the service equipment enclosure.


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Grounding Connections

The basis of grounding and bonding starts at the connection of a bonding jumper or an equipment-grounding conductor to a box, an enclosure or other electrical equipment and ends at the point of connection to the service-grounded conductor in a grounded system or at the service-equipment enclosure fo


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