• Bent Out of Shapes Cabling

    Jan 15, 2021
    Bend anything too much and it kinks or breaks, and that includes fiber optic cable. Do you know how to handle fiber optic cable so it won’t be damaged by improper installation?
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  • Performance Testing Emergency Systems National Electrical Code

    Dec 15, 2020 | Michael Johnston
    The NEC generally provides prescriptive requirements for electrical installations and systems. A few performance requirements exist, such as performance testing rules of ground-fault protection of equipment and witness testing of emergency and legally required standby systems. The AHJ is required to conduct or witness the testing when installation is complete. How much do you know about testing?
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  • Know Your Tools Cabling

    Nov 11, 2020
    It’s expected that installing optical fiber cables would require different tools than copper communications cables or electrical cables. How familiar are you with some of the specialized tools used in fiber optics?
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  • Close Enough? Cabling

    Aug 16, 2017
    When designing, building, testing or operating a fiber optic network, is “close enough” good enough?
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  • What's Current Safety

    Nov 13, 2020
    The 2021 edition of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace was recently released and is available at www.nfpa.org/70e. Each approved revision and update to NFPA 70E standards supersedes all previous editions. Are you up to date?
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  • A Matter of Class Designations Life Safety Systems

    Oct 15, 2020 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    How well do you understand the latest NFPA 72 requirements for fire alarm pathway class designations? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.
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  • In the Eye of the Beholder National Electrical Code

    Oct 15, 2020 | Michael Johnston
    Section 110.12 requires equipment to be installed in a neat and workmanlike manner, but it never tells users how to accomplish that. Good workmanship is often in the eyes of the beholder and is directly related to the training and experience of the installer.
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  • Special Deliverables Cabling

    Sep 10, 2020
    Many aspects of a fiber optic project concern a manager, but the ultimate issue is the “deliverables”—the final information that must be provided to prove the project is complete and installation was done properly. How familiar are you with the deliverables of a fiber optic installation project?
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  • Training Days Safety

    Sep 10, 2020 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    The coronavirus pandemic has forced training to move completely online and instructors are using technology to deliver necessary programs to keep employees safe. OSHA publication 2254 covers training requirements applicable to the construction industry.
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  • Safety in the New Normal Safety

    Aug 11, 2020 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Many recommendations and preventive measures are being implemented to keep the workforce safe and protect employees and the public from the coronavirus. A lot of these carry over into our personal lives.
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  • Do You Know Your Way Around? Life Safety Systems

    Aug 14, 2020 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    This quiz gives you a chance to see how well you understand the layout and usage of NFPA 72, 2019 edition. Good luck!
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  • Staying Grounded National Electrical Code

    Aug 14, 2020 | Michael Johnston
    The National Electrical Code includes requirements to ground electrical systems. It also contains information regarding electrical systems that are prohibited from being grounded and those systems that are permitted to be—but not required to be—grounded. If an electrical system is grounded as a requirement or by choice, all the rules related to grounded systems must be applied.
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  • What Do You Know About Plants? Cabling

    Jul 14, 2020
    The construction of a fiber optic cable plant is a complicated process that often involves heavy equipment, rights of way and avoiding other utilities. How well do you know the processes involved in fiber optic cable plant construction?
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  • What Are the Keys to Success? Safety

    Jul 14, 2020 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    How do you determine whether an electrical contractor’s safety program is a success? Test yourself on some of the key indicators.
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  • Monitoring Requirements of the 2016 NFPA 72 Life Safety Systems

    Dec 21, 2017
    A lot has changed in NFPA 72 regarding fire alarm systems monitoring in the last two code cycles. Here is a chance to review your knowledge of the changes.
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  • Do You Know Your Stuff? Safety

    May 19, 2020
    While May is recognized as Electrical Safety Month, everyone should always practice safety when working with or around electrical circuits and equipment. Ensure proper ground prongs are in place and not removed from attachment plugs. Don’t swim around docks and marinas where electrical shock hazards could be present in the water. Test your safety know-how.
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  • The Mysterious dB of Fiber Optics Cabling

    Mar 16, 2020
    In my last quiz, I challenged your knowledge on fiber optic testing. Fiber optic test results are usually expressed in decibels (dB), a term that can be very confusing. Do you understand decibels, and do you know how to interpret test data expressed in decibels?
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  • Select the Proper Materials Safety

    Mar 16, 2020
    Proper material selection has never been more critical for electrical needs with power over ethernet installations increasing and fire alarm cabling protecting life and property. You also need to know how to install safely.
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  • Put Your PPE to Good Use Safety

    Feb 11, 2020
    Ensuring proper selection, use and implementation of personal protective equipment (PPE) safeguards workers as a last line of defense—following elimination, substitution, engineering controls and administrative controls according to the hierarchy of risk control methods. How familiar are you with the details of PPE?
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  • Testing Fiber for the Future Cabling

    Dec 21, 2017
    Outside plant fiber optic networks are getting faster. Upgrading older cable plants to higher speeds or testing new installations to ensure they can support future needs requires testing fibers more extensively—a process called fiber characterization. How well do you understand it?
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