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March 3, 2011
Vol. IX, No. 5


   EC&M's CodeWatch
  Today's Headlines
 Vote for the 2011 Product of the Year and Qualify for a Chance to Win $100!
 City of St. Louis Adopts 2011 NEC
 What's Wrong Here?
 Code Q&A
 Code Quiz

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Code News Update

According to a recent Code Alert issued on Feb. 22, 2011 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the City of St. Louis, Mo. adopted the 2011 NEC on Feb. 3, 2011 with several amendments. It was noted that the change takes place immediately.

Two of the more interesting amendment items include:

  • When seismic bracing is required by the Building Code on any project, electrical systems shall also be braced in accordance with nationally recognized standards.
  • Continuing education will be needed on the 2011 NEC to renew your license or acquire permits in 2012.
Visit the NEMA website for additional details on this adoption news.

Code Violations

What's Wrong Here?

By Joe Tedesco

Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

Visit EC&M's website to see the answer.

Hint: Watch where you step.

Code Quandaries

Code Q&A

By Mike Holt

Q. What are the GFCI protection requirements for agricultural buildings wiring?

Visit EC&M's website to see the answer.

Code Challenge

Code Quiz

By Steven Owen

Per 250.190(B), when grounding a 5kV rated service disconnect operating at 4.16kV, what is the minimum size grounding electrode conductor for this service to connect the non-current metal parts of the metal-clad enclosure to ground? Assume the largest service-entrance phase conductor is 350kcmil and the equipment involved is fixed equipment.

  1. 350kcmil aluminum
  2. 3/0 AWG copper
  3. 1/0 AWG copper
  4. 2 AWG copper

Visit EC&M's website for the answer and explanation.

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2011 Electroforecast
Notwithstanding recent lower-than-expected employment numbers and a mid-year stall in the housing market, the general U.S. economy has been showing some signs of recovery since the recession ended in June 2009. However, with its 12- to 24-month lag behind the general economy, non-residential construction is not expected to experience a substantial uptick in 2011. Read the complete 2011 EC&M Electroforecast.

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Top Code Changes: 2011 NEC
EC&M has partnered with NEC expert Mike Holt to present a one-hour webinar covering the top 2011 NEC Code Changes. This event is available on demand here.

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