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. 

Most of Article 240 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) provides general requirements for overcurrent protection and overcurrent protective devices not more than 1,000 volts (V), nominal. As a general rule, the overcurrent device rating shall not exceed the ampacity of a conductor.

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 was asked to review a series of emails from a colleague about equipment requirements for ready access or, as defined in Article 100 and used within text in the National Electrical Code (NEC), as “readily accessible.” This phrase is used to describe the location of circuit breakers, for ex

What does the National Electrical Code (NEC) require when installing isolated/insulated grounding-type receptacles and auxiliary grounding electrodes?

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Branch Circuits, Lampholders, Motor Controllers, and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 410—Lighting Fixtures, Lampholders, Lamps, Receptacles; Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits, Controllers Motor branch circuit protection

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Sizing an Equipment Grounding Conductor for a Tap
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Tapping a smaller conductor from a larger conductor is common in many electrical installations. Article 240 provides information on the minimum size of tap conductors for installations based upon the overcurrent protection device’s size and location.

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Designing by the Code
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In July’s Code Corner, we discussed the location of motor/controller disconnecting means as required by Section 430-102.

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Derating Parallel Conductors
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Few topics considered in NECA’s on-line “Code Question of the Day” have kindled more fiery disagreement than that of this month’s article.

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Grounded Conductor ID, Outside Branch Circuits and Feeders, Services, Lighting Fixtures, and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 200—Use and Indentification of Grounded Conductors; Article 225—Outside Branch Circuits and Feeders; Article 230—Services; Article 250—Grounding; Article 410—Lighting Fixtures, Lampholders, Lamps, and Receptacles;

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Splices and Conductor Fill in Enclosures and Wireways
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The conductor fill requirements for a conduit or an outlet box are calculated in the field on a regular basis.

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