• Cables and Communications National Electrical Code

    Feb 10, 2020 | Michael Johnston
    Article 770 and Chapter 8 of the National Electrical Code apply to fiber optic cables and communications systems. Chapter 8 covers communications systems and is not subject to the requirements of Chapters 1 through 7, except where they are referenced in Chapter 8.
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  • Spot the Difference Life Safety Systems

    Feb 10, 2020 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Do you think the requirements for inspecting and testing fire alarms and fire sprinklers are the same? Do you know the different requirements between NFPA 25 and NFPA 72?
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  • What Else Should a Manager Know? Cabling

    Jan 16, 2020 | Jim Hayes
    When the project is finished, the installer should present the project manager a book or flash drive of test results along with a summary in the documentation package on the cable plant. The manager must review the data and decide if the installation was done properly. Do you know how to analyze the data and make that decision?
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  • Start the Year off Right Safety

    Jan 15, 2020
    The beginning of the year is always a good time to brush up on your safety knowledge. If you miss an answer, take the time to refresh what you know before the year gets started. Here’s hoping you have an injury-free 2020. Answers are on page 95.
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  • Duct Detector Requirements ISC

    Dec 13, 2019 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    How well do you know the installation and testing requirements for duct smoke detectors? This quiz is based on the 2019 NFPA 72, 2018 NFPA 90A and 2018 International Building Code (IBC).
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  • Special Circumstances National Electrical Code

    Dec 12, 2019 | Michael Johnston
    As indicated in Section 90.3, chapters 1 through 4 apply generally but can be modified or amended by the provisions in chapters 1 through 7. This Code quiz challenges readers with questions related to various special occupancies.
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  • Tool Test Safety

    Nov 15, 2019 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Safer, more comfortable tools that help workers be more productive are introduced regularly. While ergonomics may not be included in final OSHA rules, ergonomically designed tools limit stress on the body and help prevent acute and chronic injuries. Test your knowledge about the safety features of your tools?
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  • What Should a Manager Know Cabling

    Nov 15, 2019 | Jim Hayes
    The responsibility for the success or failure of any project ultimately lies with the project manager. The project manager depends on their supervisors and workers to do the work correctly, but how do they know it’s done right, if they don’t understand the technology and processes?
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  • Fire Alarm Requirements of NFPA 72 Life Safety Systems

    Oct 15, 2019 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    This quiz is based on the requirements of NFPA 72, 2019 edition.
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  • Measurements and Colors National Electrical Code

    Oct 15, 2019 | Michael Johnston
    Chapter 3 of the National Electrical Code provides rules related to wiring methods and materials, specifically the electrical wiring of branch circuits and feeders installed in premises wiring systems. Article 300 provides the general requirements while the other articles contain rules specifically related to wiring methods. How well do you know Chapter 3?
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  • Look out Below Safety

    Sep 20, 2019 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Two recent emphasis programs that OSHA has initiated are Trench Safety and Fall Protection. These are enforcement strategies designed and implemented at the regional and area office levels. With the recent increase in excavation and fall incidents around the country, let’s review a few important requirements.
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  • Data Cabling Center Update Cabling

    Sep 20, 2019 | Jim Hayes
    Data centers and wireless networks are two of the largest and fastest growing fiber optic applications. Both are rapidly evolving to meet customer needs. What’s your knowledge of today’s data centers? Answers are on page 103. To take the quiz electronically, visit ecmag.com.
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  • Will There Be Enough Room? National Electrical Code

    Aug 16, 2019 | Michael Johnston
    Some key general requirements in the National Electrical Code (NEC) address minimum working spaces around equipment, equipment markings and underground conduit installation depths. The authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) has significant interpretation and approval responsibilities. The NEC establishes minimum requirements.
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  • Fire Alarm Requirements for Elevators Life Safety Systems

    Aug 16, 2019 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    One of the greatest challenges when installing a fire alarm is determining what you have to do when elevators are installed. Test your knowledge of the fire alarm requirements for elevators in NFPA 72 2019 edition.
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  • Safe and Sound Safety

    Jul 12, 2019 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Next month, OSHA will be celebrating Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 12–18, 2019. There are many ways you can participate. Visit www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek for more information and celebrate your safety successes and efforts at #SafeAndSoundAtWork.
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  • Connectors and Connections Cabling

    Jul 11, 2019 | Jim Hayes
    Fiber optic connectors and connections can be the most important (and troublesome) part of a fiber optic cable plant. How well do you understand them?
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  • Audible Fire Alarm Notification Appliances Life Safety Systems

    Jun 13, 2019 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    How well do you know the application, design and installation factors for audible fire alarm notification appliances? These are some details that should be known for a more effective fire alarm.
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  • Knowing Who's Who National Electrical Code

    Jun 13, 2019 | Michael Johnston
    In my May Code Comments column, I wrote about the NEC and NFPA 70E definitions of a “qualified person.” Test your memory and your knowledge of this NEC term in the quiz below.
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  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Safety

    May 15, 2019 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    May is Electrical Safety Month. How well do you know the standards and regulations that keep you safe on the job? To access resources and informational videos related to consumer and workplace electrical safety developed by the Electrical Safety Foundation International, visit ESFI’s website at esfi.org.
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  • Fiber Optic Test Sources Cabling

    May 15, 2019 | Jim Hayes
    My previous quiz focused on power meters and how they are used to make basic measurements. To measure loss, you need a test source in addition to a power meter. Are you familiar with the sources used for fiber optic testing? More information on optical power can be found in the Fiber Optics Association Guide at www.thefoa.org/tech/ref/testing/test/power.html.
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