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. 

I often think how lucky we are to work in a profession in which we save lives. It can also make us a good living if we pay attention. Do you pay attention?


The outlook for solar-power project deployment continues to brighten, creating opportunities for electrical contractors. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Washington, D.C., 2014 was a banner year for U.S. photovoltaic (PV) projects.

All of that dark fiber we have been discussing the last few months is getting used for some fast-growing applications, and the fastest may be connecting cell towers. Cell phones have evolved into mobile data devices. Smartphones and tablets consume vast amounts of data.

A hot summer’s evening usually begets long lines at the local ice cream shop. Recently, at one such shop, the line grew extra long when the cash registers and credit card machines mysteriously powered off and on.

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Alternative Power Source Generation
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Advances in small-scale generation technology coupled with growing environmental concerns, a changing energy market, evolving public policy and customer need for reliable and economical electric power supplies will provide a new growth market for electrical contractors.

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Enhanced Web Applications
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The Internet is as popular as ever. It seems you can’t turn around without bumping into something Web related. But the Internet has evolved; there is more to it than surfing for sports scores and celebrity gossip.

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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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