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Thomas & Betts Hosts NEC Seminar for Local Contractors, Electrical Inspectors

On May 9–10, 2017, Thomas & Betts hosted two seminars at its Memphis headquarters detailing changes in the 2011 and 2014 editions of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®).

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Code Considerations for Furniture with Power

Understanding the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and doing it right the first time can save a contractor thousands of dollars every year.

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The Minimum Standard

If you have been involved with the electrical construction industry for even a short period of time, you have probably heard the National Electrical Code® (NEC) referred to as the minimum standard. Electricians, engineers, inspectors, and others use this phrase to describe a standard that details guidelines and requirements for safe electrical installations. This standard organizes these requirements into a single resource, updated and published every three years.

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Why Bonding?

I’ve been in the electrical trade for 33 years. I’ve been an apprentice, journeyman, master, electrical inspector, and now the Training Director at the IEC Gulf Coast Chapter in Houston, Texas.

One common denominator throughout the years is the misinterpretation, misapplication, or the complete disregard of Article 250 and proper bonding.

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Code Corner - May/June 2014

We bought a home with early 1920s knob and tube wiring as per the home inspection survey, and our plan is to remodel several areas. Can we keep this system in place and add to it?

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600 Volts to 1,000 Volts

Does the change from 600 volts to 1,000 volts in the 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC) create confusion? After speaking at several seminars and writing presentations concerning the 2014 NEC changes, it has become very apparent that the change of the voltage threshold from 600 volts to 1,000 volts has many in the industry wondering how or if this affects their industry or market. The answer could be yes or no. This sounds just as confusing as the change in the NEC itself.

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Safety is the Mission of the National Electrical Code

On a lovely spring day, a young tenant of an apartment complex we’ll call “Tommy” was playing outdoors rather than sitting in front of the TV playing video games with his siblings and eating junk food. Tommy was playing Frisbee golf around the swimming pool. The disc was thrown over the bushes and landed on an air conditioning (AC) unit. He went to retrieve the disc, happily stepping from one AC unit to the next, being very mindful not to jump too hard onto the metal so that he would not make a dent, carefully and with precision placing one foot at a time on each unit, not knowing the next unit he was going to touch would be his last.

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Code Q&A - November/December 2013

How high should overcurrent devices be installed and in what locations?

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Changes to the 2014 NEC

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 3,745 proposals submitted recommending changes for the 2014 National Electric Code (NEC). In addition, there were 1,625 comments concerning the NEC Code-Making Panels’ responses to these proposals.

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Code Q&A - July 2013

What is equipotential bonding for permanently installed pools?

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