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 2017 NEC.
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For many years, the mystery of area classification has resided with a select group of experts within the electrical, petrochemical and industrial sectors. Many electricians, electrical engineers, fire inspectors and electrical inspectors have remained outside of this group.

In the 2017 National Electrical code (NEC), there are a few changes in 110.26. The first change is in subsection (A), which is part of a global change for the upper voltage threshold.

Before we proceed, in part 3 of this series, the change in Section 230.70(A)(4) dealing with service disconnects on one- and two-family dwellings was reversed during the late stages of the development process and never made it into the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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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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Box Fill Calculations, Part III

Article 314: Boxes, Conduit Bodies, Fittings and Manholes 314.16(A) Box Volume Calculations Article 314 of the National Electrical Code covers the installation and use of all boxes and conduit bodies used as outlet, device, junction or pull boxes depending on their use.


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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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Box Fill Calculations, Part II

Article 314: Boxes, Conduit Bodies, Fittings and Manholes


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Box Fill Calculations: Article 314: Boxes; Conduit Bodies; Fittings and Manholes

Article 314 of the National Electrical Code covers the installation and use of all boxes and conduit bodies used as outlet, device, junction or pull boxes, depending on their use.


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Identification of Disconnecting Means

One of the most important NEC requirements (and yet one most often ignored) is 110.22: Identification of Disconnecting Means. It reads: “Each disconnecting means shall be legibly marked to indicate its purpose unless located and arranged so the purpose is evident.


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Certification as Separation

Photovoltaic (PV) modules convert sunlight into electrical energy that can be used to provide power for specific loads within a building in a standalone system or as a supplement to the building’s utility power supply in an integrated system.


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