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. 

For years, Article 516 of the National Electrical Code (NEC)— covering spray applications, dipping and coating processes using flammable liquids, combustible liquids and combustible powders—did not seem to change much, if at all.

National Electrical Code (NEC) sections 90.5(A) and (B) explain how to recognize mandatory rules and permissive rules. In accordance with 90.5(A), mandatory rules identify actions that are specifically required or are specifically prohibited.

Life is full of surprises, and so is the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E. After years of requiring specific information on arc flash equipment labels, as listed in 130.5(H1) through (H3), the 2018 edition has introduced Exception No.




The North American Electrical Safety System is made up of four vital components, and they all must be applied together for the system to function successfully.

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Generator Connection, Air Conditioning Protection and More

Q: Should 250.34 or Article 702 apply to a portable generator that is connected to a domestic refrigerator, freezer, television set, and floor and table lamps in a one-family residence? A: The answer depends on the method used to connect the generator to the appliances.


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Pull- and Junction-Box Calculations, Part VI

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


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'I Just Want to Meet Code!'

Many professional contractors called to provide a fire alarm system in either a new or existing building have heard the owner exclaim, “I just want to meet code!” Most building owners (especially those not knowledgeable in the code process) have made the assumption that if they instruct you to “jus


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Derating Type NM Cable, Fire Pump Power and More

Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 250 Grounding and Bonding Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC and NMS Article 410 Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures), Lampholders and Lamps Article 695 Fire Pumps Parts of the NFPA 20-2003-Standard for the In


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Pull- and Junction-Box Calculations, Part V

Provisions pertaining to the installation and use of all boxes and conduit bodies used as outlet, device, pull and junction boxes are in Article 314 of the National Electrical Code. Section 314.16 covers provisions for sizing boxes and conduit bodies containing conductors 18 AWG through 6 AWG.


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In the Interim

The May 2005 Code Applications column contained information on a major change in Article 680 for the 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC) concerning the construction requirements of fiberglass pools, vinyl-lined pools and concrete pools containing epoxy-coated rebar.


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Grounding Electrodes, SE Cables and More

Fire pump disconnecting means Q: Is the disconnect for an electric motor driving a fire pump required to be within sight of the motor or is it permitted to be out of sight if capable of being locked in the off position? Can the disconnect and overcurrent protection be located in a panelboard?


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