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October 6, 2011
Vol. IX, No. 19


   EC&M's CodeWatch
  Today's Headlines
 Texas Adopts 2011 NEC
 What's Wrong Here?
 Moving Violations
 Code Q&A
 Code Quiz

Code News Update

As noted on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website, the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) is effective as of September 1, 2011. Chapter 1305.101(a)(2) of the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires the agency to adopt the revised NEC as the electrical code for the state of Texas. In accordance with state law, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the administrative rules thereby establishing the NEC 2011 as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas that is covered by the Act.

Chapter 1305.201 provides municipalities the authority to make local amendments to the 2011 NEC; however, any proposal to amend these standards should be done in accordance with NEC 90.4 which stipulates that "the authority having jurisdiction may waive specific requirements in this Code or permit alternative methods where it is assured that equivalent objectives can be achieved by establishing and maintaining effective safety."

Any non-exempt electrical work started on or after Sept. 1, 2011 must be installed in accordance with the NEC 2011. For purposes of clarification, the "start" of electrical work is the day the electrician begins installing electrical materials or equipment within the residential or commercial building structure. Inside the corporate limits of a municipality, electricians must abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local amendments.

Code Violations

What's Wrong Here?

By Joe Tedesco

Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

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Hint: Is this a new type of wrap coupling?

Caught by the inspector!

Check out our newest Moving Violations video.

In this episode, Joe finds a shocking situation in a famous public gathering spot in Boston.

Code Quandaries

Q. Does the NEC require that replacement receptacles be updated to provide GFCI protection?

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Code Challenge

Code Quiz

By Steven Owen

When interconnecting cables for separate information technology equipment units, using listed cables and cable assemblies, what is the maximum length permitted for the interconnecting cables?

  1. The length limitation from 645.5(B)(1) shall not apply to interconnecting cables
  2. 6 ft
  3. 10 ft
  4. 15 ft

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