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.
 Stranded conductor terminations 


Selecting the correct size conductor is not difficult, but it involves more than selecting a conductor based solely on the ampacity shown in Table 310.15(B)(16) in the National Electrical Code (NEC).

The concept of modular data centers (MDCs) originated about six or seven years ago as a portable method of delivering information technology data center capacity without the high cost and long construction time.

Grounding electrode conductor connections are an important part of any electrical safety system. These connections ensure the path to ground through any of the grounding electrodes identified in Section 250.52(A).

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Overcurrent Protection for Motor Installations, Part II
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This month’s column will continue with questions and answers relating to overcurrent protection for conductors in motor and controller circuits and overload protection for motors.

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Article 370 - Outlet, Device, Pull and Junction Boxes, Conduit Bodies and Fittings, Part III
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Box Fill Calculations, Part I, appearing in June’s issue, introduced box fill, with emphasis on Section 370-16(a). Notably, Table 370-16(a) is used to determine the maximum number of conductors (for sizes No. 18 through No. 6) permitted within common-size metal boxes.

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Defining Effective Grounding in Article 250
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In the 1999 National Electrical Code (NEC), and particularly in Article 250, the words "effective" and "effectively" are frequently used in relation to grounding and bonding.

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To Ground or Not to Ground-That Is the Question
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If there is one common thread throughout the electrical industry, it seems to be centered on grounding and bonding. Article 250 provides many of the requirements for grounding and bonding but is still difficult to understand.

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CODE Q &A
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CODE CITATIONS: Article 100-Definitions; Article 110-Requirements for Electrical Installations; Article 210-Branch Circuits; Article 220-Branch-Circuit, Feeder, and Service Calculations; Article 373-Cabinets, Cutout Boxes, and Meter Socket Enclosures; Article 400-Flexible Cords and Cables; Article 4

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Existing Rules Limit the Number of Conductors within a Box
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Contrary to popular electrical opinion, designated rules limit the number of conductors allowed within outlet, device, and junction boxes. Unfortunately, all too often, electricians remove junction box covers only to find the box crammed full of conductors.

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