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May 1, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VI No. 9

Cast Your Vote Now!

Article 100: Definition of “Neutral Conductor”

What's Wrong Here?

Code Q&A

Code Quiz

Wisconsin Advisory Council Tackles 2008 NEC

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    Top 50 NEC Rules

    Article 100: Definition of “Neutral Conductor”

    By Mike Holt
    This new term was added to Art. 100. The definition reads as follows:

    "The conductor connected to the neutral point of a system that is intended to carry current under normal conditions."

    The neutral conductor of a solidly grounded system is required to be grounded to the earth; therefore, this conductor is also called a "grounded conductor." The 2005 version of the NEC did not feature a definition for neutral conductor, although it was used in many Articles. The lack of a definition caused confusion regarding the differences and similarities between the neutral conductor and the grounded conductor. Having a clear definition for the neutral conductor will help provide clarity in making this distinction.

    This definition differentiates between the neutral conductor and the equipment-grounding conductor, both of which are ultimately connected to the neutral point of a system. Under normal conditions, the neutral conductor is expected to be current carrying, whereas the equipment-grounding conductor is not.

    Where necessary, rules throughout the NEC were revised to use the term "neutral conductor" or "neutral point" of a supply system. The term “neutral conductor” is intended for use in conjunction with another new term, "neutral point."

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    Code Challenge
    What's Wrong Here?
    By Joe Tedesco
    Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

    Visit EC&M's Web site to see the answer.

    Hint: A danger sandwich

    Code Q&A
    By Mike Holt
    Q. Can a 2-pole snap switch be used to switch a 277V and 120V circuit?

    Visit EC&M's Web site to see the answer.

    Code Quiz
    By Steven Owen
    Q. A surge protective device (i.e., surge arrester or TVSS) shall be permitted for which of the following?

    1. On circuits exceeding 1kV.
    2. On ungrounded systems, impedance grounded systems, or corner grounded delta systems where not listed specifically for use on these systems.
    3. Where the rating of the surge protective device (SPD) is less than the maximum continuous phase-to-ground power frequency voltage available at the point of application.
    4. Where the rating of the SPD is equal to or greater than the maximum continuous phase-to-ground power frequency voltage available at the point of application.

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    Code News Update
    Wisconsin Advisory Council
    Tackles 2008 NEC

    According to the April 2008 issue of NEMA’s electroindustry, the Wisconsin Electrical Code Advisory Council will make several recommendations to the Wisconsin Department of Commerce with regard to the 2008 version of the NEC. The recommendations, when approved, will be incorporated into the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter Comm 16 Electrical. They are as follows:
    • Comm 16.20(2) ― Add the following: “In addition to the requirements of NEC 210.8, all 125-volt single phase 15- and 20-ampere receptacles installed in repair and storage areas in commercial garages where electrical diagnostic equipment, electrical hand tools, or portable lighting equipment is to be used, shall have ground-fault circuit interrupter protection for personnel.”
    • Comm 16.21 ― Add the following: “Where RMC, IMC, EMT, or steel-armored cable, Type AC or MC, meeting the requirements of 250.118 using metal outlet and junction boxes is installed for the portion of the branch-circuit overcurrent device and the first outlet, it shall be permitted to install a combination AFCI at the first outlet to provide protection for the remaining portion of the branch circuit.”
    • Comm 16.265 ― Add the following: “A single electrode consisting of a rod, pie, or plate shall be augmented by one additional electrode of any of the types specified in NEC 250.52(A)(4) through (A)(8).”
    • Comm 16.327 ― Add the following: “NEC 334.12(A)(2) does not apply in Wisconsin.”
    • Comm 16.392 ― Revise to read as follows: “511.3(C)(1)(a) and 511(C)(2)(a) do not apply in Wisconsin.”
    • Comm 16.45(1)(b)(1) ― “AC cable” will be added as an option for emergency circuit wiring.
    • Comm 16.45(1)(b)(2) ― Revise wording to read as follows: “Emergency lighting fixtures may use flexible cord connections in compliance with NEC 410.62(C) for electric discharge luminaries.”
    A public hearing will be scheduled in the near future so that members of the public can comment on the proposed changes.

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