Most electrical contracting firms are involved in installing life safety systems for new building construction and the renovation and expansion of existing buildings, but not in the ongoing system inspection, testing, maintenance, and upgrade.
Sometimes a code change is made with no supporting comment—no technical support —other than “we have been doing it this way for years and have had no trouble.” Section 4-3.3(d) of the NFPA Requirements Governing Committee Projects requires that substantiation be provided for each proposal.
Recently, a new term has evolved to describe an integration of all low-voltage systems, such as TV, radio, telephone, and Internet/computer interlinks from one main distribution hub to serve all rooms within a building with multifunction communications capability.
As the Baby Boomers of our society reach their golden years, the need for more and more nursing home facilities will become imperative. Electrical contractors will be faced with the responsibility of properly installing many different sophisticated systems within these nursing homes.
It is possible to ignite combustible gases or vapors either directly from an arc or spark at the electrical equipment or from the heat generated by the electrical equipment, so extraordinary care must be taken when installing electrical equipment in these areas.
Sizing requirements for boxes and conduit bodies used as pull or junction boxes are stipulated in Section 370-28. While the boxes within the scope of 370-16 are calculated from the sizes and numbers of conductors, boxes in 370-28 are calculated from the sizes and numbers of conduits (raceways).
Does the National Electrical Code (NEC) require all lighting installations operating at 30 volts or less to be Listed systems? Can individual low-voltage lighting components, such as a power supply, fixtures, and conductors be assembled in the field without being part of a Listed system?
CODE CITATIONS Article 210—Branch Circuits Article 250—Grounding Article 424—Fixed Electric Space Heating Equipment Article 700—Emergency Systems Bonding gas piping Q: The November 2000 issue of Electrical Contractor magazine included a question about the required size of the bonding conductor to be