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June 2, 2011
Vol. IX, No. 11

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   EC&M's CodeWatch
  Today's Headlines
 New York Code Update
 What's Wrong Here?
 Code Q&A
 Code Quiz

Code News Update


According to a recent Code Alert issued on May 16, 2011, by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the New York Department of States Division of Code Enforcement and Administration (DCEA) issued an e-bulletin on May 12 with regard to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) and the NEC. The bulletin explained the Department of State is considering a recommendation to the Code Council that it update the NEC reference to the 2011 edition. They anticipate the earliest effective time for this change to come in late fall of 2011. This would allow time for electrical inspectors and other affected parties to get up to speed with the changes in the new NEC. 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?

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Hint: Clamping and continuity issues

Code Quandaries

Code Q&A

By Mike Holt

Q. What wiring methods are allowed in ducts and other spaces used for environmental air handling?

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Code Challenge

Code Quiz

By Steven Owen

Fill in the blanks with the correct answers.

When installing the required branch circuit for an electric sign or outline lighting in a commercial building — including each occupancy, which has access to pedestrians — at least one outlet shall be supplied by a branch circuit that has a minimum rating of _______. The branch circuit shall also be considered to be a ___________.

  1. 20A; continuous load.
  2. 30A; non-continuous load.
  3. 15A; non-essential load.
  4. There is no specific requirement for a commercial building or occupancy.


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On Demand Media


Understanding NEC Requirements for Solar Photovoltaic Systems
EC&M partnered with NEC expert Mike Holt to present a one-hour webinar covering the most important Code requirements for solar PV systems. This event is now available on demand here via the EC&M website.

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