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February 21, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VI No. 4

430.52 Branch-Circuit Short-Circuit and Ground-Fault Protection

What's Wrong Here?

Code Q&A

Code Quiz

State-by-State Electrical Regulations

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    Top 50 NEC Rules
    430.52 Branch-Circuit Short-Circuit and Ground-Fault Protection
    By Mike Holt
    The motor branch-circuit short-circuit and ground-fault protective device must comply with 430.52(B) and 430.52(C). This device must be capable of carrying the motor's starting current.

    Each motor branch circuit must be protected against short-circuit and ground faults by a protection device sized no greater than the following percentages listed in Table 430.52.

    Editor's note: This information was extracted from Mike Holt's textbook, Understanding the National Electrical Code

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    What's Wrong Here?
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    Code Quiz
    By Steven Owen
    Q. On a 3-phase, 4-wire, 277V multi-wire lighting circuit, which is protected at 20A, there is debate as to the proper application of 210.4(B) and 240.15(B). The question is whether or not three single-pole circuit breakers with an identified handle tie are permitted to serve as both the disconnecting means and the overcurrent protective device for this circuit, or whether a multi-pole circuit breaker is required. What is the correct answer?

    1. Circuit breakers installed with identified handle ties are permitted to serve as both the disconnecting means and overcurrent protection as stated in this example.
    2. Circuit breakers may be installed with or without identified handle ties to serve as the overcurrent protective device only (not as the disconnecting means).
    3. A multi-pole circuit breaker may serve as both the disconnecting means and overcurrent protective device.
    4. All the above are correct answers.

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