The National Electrical Code Committee held two weeks of meetings last month in Redondo Beach, California; the purpose was to review and vote on nearly 2,500 public comments on proposals to revise the 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC).
Last month's column discussed getting the most out your conductor ampacity, but the article did not really report the importance that wire terminations have on the final ampere rating of a conductor; many designers and electricians forget to consider the rating of the conductor versus the ability of
Applying caution to electrical inspection: I could not do my job as an inspector if I couldn’t open doors and covers of energized equipment; when I came aboard, they gave me a screwdriver and a flashlight and turned me loose.
Bill yourself as code-compliant and follow the rules: Electronic security systems forecasts show continued industry growth; In fact, some studies indicate this $16 billion market will grow at an annual rate approaching 7 percent.
The price of copper has been increasing at an incredible rate over the past few years; the reasons for the increase is not an issue that will be discussed here, but the resulting price escalation affects the electrical industry since many of the electrical conductors used in construction are copper
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) documents use a totally different nomenclature to describe the electrical potential between phase conductors and earth than the National Electrical Code (NEC).
Adequacy of reducing washers questioned When removing concentric or eccentric knockouts from a sheet-metal enclosure, it sometimes happens that a larger size than desired comes out or the only available knockout is larger than needed.
Understand related systems and learn important cues Why do many contractors continue to avoid scheduling the fire alarm system installation inspection? Is it because they know the system might fail the acceptance test and, as such, would thereby delay occupancy?
Interpreting swimming pool code requirements The May 2005 Code Applications column, “Going For a Swim,” 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 pool
Seismic requirements for electrical installations Concern about earthquakes and their impact on buildings and facility operation is no longer limited to those regions of the United States, such as the West Coast, where seismic activity is common.
ARC-FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS (AFCIs) first made their appearance in the National Electrical Code (NEC) in 1999, with a mandatory effective date of Jan. 1, 2002. Research—conducted by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) for the U.S.
It’s hard to believe that electrical contractors still carry the “installer of product” stigma—especially when an ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR report indicates that design/build projects account for 46 percent of contractor revenue.