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 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers general requirements for the examination and approval, installation and use, access to and spaces about electrical conductors and equipment; enclosures intended for personnel entry; and tunnel installations (110.1).

My daughter, Trina Bogart, is an emergency department doctor. She recently emailed me a seemingly simple question. However, when I went to the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), I realized it was actually more complicated.

Service equipment must have an interrupting rating or short-circuit current (SCC) rating equal to or greater than the amount of available fault current supplied.

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Making Sense of the Tap Rules

Last month we discussedSection 240-21 tap rules, and the effectiveness of the overcurrent protection for the tapped conductors. Sec. 240-21(b)(4) Taps Over 25 ft.

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Overcurrent Protection, Grounding, Air Conditioning and Refrigerator Equipment, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 240—Overcurrent Protection Article 250—Grounding Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 440—Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations Overcurrent protection

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Group Classifications of Gases or Vapors in a Hazardous (Classified) Location

It is possible to ignite combustible gases or vapors either directly from an arc or spark at the electrical equipment or from the heat generated by the electrical equipment, so extraordinary care must be taken when installing electrical equipment in these areas.

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Article 370 - Pull and Junction Boxes

Sizing requirements for boxes and conduit bodies used as pull or junction boxes are stipulated in Section 370-28. While the boxes within the scope of 370-16 are calculated from the sizes and numbers of conductors, boxes in 370-28 are calculated from the sizes and numbers of conduits (raceways).

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Overcurrent Protection, Access to Working Space, Snap Switches, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 240—Overcurrent Protection Article 250—Grounding Article 380—Switches Article 384—Switchboards and Panelboards Article 450—Transformers and Transformer Vaults

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