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March 8, 2012

Idaho Rejects the Adoption of 2011 NEC
What's Wrong Here?
Moving Violations
Code Q&A
Code Quiz

Code News Update

Idaho Rejects the Adoption of 2011 NEC

According to a recent Code Alert issued on February 2 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Idaho House Business Committee rejected adoption of the 2011 NEC on January 31. Testimony from several electrical contractors and a few homebuilders apparently sealed the deal. The report goes on to say the Board could still take this issue up again later this year, but it highly unlikely to do so. In all likelihood, a vote will not take place again until next year.

Visit the NEMA website for a more detailed analysis of this "non adoption" news.

Code Violations

What's Wrong Here?

By Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

Think you know how this installation violates the NEC? Visit EC&M's website to see the answer.


Hint: I hear church bells ringing.

Moving Violations

Caught by the inspector!

Check out our newest Moving Violations video.

In this episode, Joe takes a look at the improper working space that exists in front of electrical equipment in a motel equipment room.



Code Quandaries

Code Q&A

By Mike Holt, NEC Consultant

Q. What is the Code requirement for the emergency shutoff for spas and hot tubs?

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

Code Challenge

Code Quiz

By Steven Owen, National Code Seminars

Fill in the blank with the correct answer.
Where more than three current-carrying conductors are installed within a raceway for electrically driven or controlled irrigation machines, the signal and control conductors of the raceway or cable shall ________.

  1. be counted for the purposes of ampacity adjustment (derating) only if such conductors carry continuous loads in excess of 10% of the ampacity of each conductor
  2. be counted for the purposes of ampacity adjustment (derating) regardless of the number of conductors
  3. not be counted for the purposes of ampacity adjustment (derating)
  4. be counted for the purposes of ampacity adjustment (derating) only when the number of current-carrying conductors exceeds 10 conductors
Visit EC&M's website for the answer and explanation.

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