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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I recently taught a 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) class at an industrial facility in Fort Wayne, Ind., where an attendee asked about special-purpose ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) with trip levels above the normal 4­–6 milliampere (mA) trip threshold level.

There have been countless changes, both in the electrical industry and in the National Electrical Code (NEC), since the first edition in 1897. While a lot has changed, the reason and purpose of the Code have remained constant.

The term “qualified person” has a very broad meaning in a general context. From a simple standpoint, outside of the codes and standards world, it might mean having the qualities, accomplishments, etc., that fit a person for some function, office, or the like.

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2014 NEC Outlook, Part III

This article is a continuation of a concise and complete review of some of the more significant changes that have been incorporated into the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). This segment takes a look at some significant revisions in chapters 4 through 6.

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Power Down To Earth

Many buildings and structures are supplied by power from a source other than a utility service. If the supply—such as a transformer or generator—is customer-owned, it is not a service and, therefore, is either a feeder or branch circuit.

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Down to Earth About Grounding

Ben Franklin already knew enough about grounding to keep the portion of the kite string he was holding dry. Otherwise when the lightning streaked down the wet part of the line and hit the key, he might have received more than a mild shcok when he moved his hand near the key.

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2014 NEC Outlook, Part II

Part I of this series reviewed some Code-wide revisions and some of the significant changes in Chapter 1 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). This segment takes a look at some significant revisions in chapters 2 and 3 (with the comment or proposal number cited after each listing).

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Know Your Type: Branch-circuit wiring in patient care areas


Someone recently inquired about the proper wiring methods in a patient care location of a healthcare facility. A few factors relate to this determination.

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The Best Of Code Question Of The Day, Part I

Charlie Trout, author of Code FAQs and Code Question of the Day, has retired. 
For the rest of 2013, enjoy these snippets from his daily responses.
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Sizing Conductors, Part XXIX

Article 240 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) is titled “Overcurrent Protection.” While this term is not defined, Article 100 defines overcurrent. Overcurrent is any current in excess of the rated current of equipment or the ampacity of a conductor.

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