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May 5, 2011
Vol. IX, No. 9


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

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Code Violations

What's Wrong Here?

By Joe Tedesco

Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

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Hint: Behind closed doors

Code Quandaries

Code Q&A

By Mike Holt

Q. What does the NEC require when replacing receptacles in locations that now require arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection?

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

Code Challenge

Code Quiz

By Steven Owen

What are the conditions that would allow the use of short radius conduit bodies such as capped elbows and service-entrance elbows, per 314.16?

  • Conductor size must be 6 AWG or smaller.
  • The conduit bodies are only intended to enable the installation of the raceway.
  • The conduit bodies shall not contain splices, taps or devices.
  • The conduit body shall be of sufficient size to provide free space for all conductors enclosed in the conduit body.
  • All of the above.

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2011 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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