• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fire Alarm Initiating Devices Life Safety Systems

    Apr 15, 2019 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Test your knowledge of the application, installation and testing of fire alarm initiating devices.
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  • The Ins and Outs of Grounding National Electrical Code

    Apr 15, 2019 | Michael Johnston
    Test your knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
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  • Fiber Optic Power Meters Cabling

    Mar 15, 2019 | Jim Hayes
    Most fiber optic techs are familiar with optical loss test sets, and many use optical time-domain reflectometers, but power meters may not be familiar to all of them. Are you knowledgeable about this instrument?
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  • Cords and Cables Safety

    Mar 15, 2019 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Working safely with cabling and cords in the electrical industry is a priority for all workers. OSHA has specific requirements for this. Whether it is temporary power cords or permanently installed cables, safety is a must for everyone.
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  • Fire Alarms and the IBC Life Safety Systems

    Feb 15, 2019 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Building and fire codes provide the “when” and “where” of how fire alarm systems are installed. How well do you know the fire alarm requirements of the 2018 International Building Code (IBC)? Here is your opportunity to find out.
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  • Approval and Other Requirements National Electrical Code

    Feb 15, 2019 | Michael Johnston
    Test your knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
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