Systems

 

 

Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

When a potential client calls on you to provide a fire alarm system, do you assume the design responsibility? If so, what resources do you use?


Never before in the electronic security industry has change been so profound. As hardware and boxes moved onto the network, they have morphed into intelligent, connected products.

Contractors that are still putting estimates together using pencil and paper are not only wasting time and money, but they also are losing business. Contractors who think they can’t afford estimating software are just plain wrong.

Plug loads, according to a pilot study performed by New York-based green technology company ThinkEco Inc., make up the fastest growing end-use of electricity in the commercial sector. As the amount of electricity used by plug loads grows, it becomes increasingly important to manage it.

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When Do You Need OTDRs?
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In outside plant fiber optic installations, every cable installed will be tested for end-to-end loss with a source and power meter and an OTDR trace will be taken of each fiber. Yet OTDRs—optical time domain reflectometers—are rarely used in premises applications. Why is that?

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Manufactured Wiring Systems, Receptacle Locations and More
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Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 215 Feeders Article 240 Overcurrent Protection Article 300 Wiring Methods Article 320 Armored Cable Article 352 Rigid Nonmetallic Conduit Article 404 Switches Article 604 Manufactured Wiring Systems Article 680 Swimming Pools, Fountains and Similar Installations A

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Retrofitting Fire Alarm Systems
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Anyone planning to retrofit anything electrical in a building faces a difficult task at best. Only a true craftsman can successfully install something as a retrofit that looks like the original installation had included it.

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The Importance of Systems Testing
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When electrical contractors talk about (or are asked about) testing, one is usually not referring to the stress-inducing kind associated with obtaining the latest certification in the industry.

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Conductors Connected in Parallel
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Parallel conductors are often installed where large ampacity feeders or services are used. Total understanding of the paralleling requirements permitted in the National Electrical Code is necessary before attempting to design a large electrical system or install these conductors.

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Extending Fiber's Reach
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For almost 15 years, one had only two choices if installing fiber.

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PVC Conduit Underground, Disconnect for Residentia
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CODE CITATIONS Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 220 Branch Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations Article 250 Grounding Article 352 Rigid Nonmetallic Conduit: Type RNC Article 422 Appliances Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 514 Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities Article

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