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January 8, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII No. 1

CONTENTS
422.52 Electric Drinking Fountains

What's Wrong Here?

Code Q&A

Code Quiz

Cranking Out Those Proposals

Electric West 2009


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    Top 2008 Code Changes















    422.52 Electric Drinking Fountains

    By Mike Holt
    A new requirement for electric drinking fountains was added to the 2008 NEC. It states, "Electric drinking fountains shall be connected to a GFCI-protected outlet." This new requirement was brought about without documentation of an electrical accident or incident.



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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: Is that painter's tape?


    Code Q&A
    By Mike Holt
    Q.Where does the Code address which way the grounding terminal of a receptacle goes (up or down)?

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


    Code Quiz
    By Steven Owen
    What are the minimum size current-carrying copper conductors required for the outlet that serves a professional xenon projector? The projector current rating is 55A. The projector is not considered to be a continuous load. The terminals are marked as 60°C.

      1. No. 8 THHN
      2. No. 6 THHN
      3. No. 4 THHN
      4. No. 3 THHN

    Visit EC&M's Web site for the answer and explanation.


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    Code News Update
    Cranking Out Those Proposals
    Wow, you people have been busy over the past few months. The NFPA reports they received approximately 5,000 proposals for the 2011 edition of NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code (NEC). Now we know who's going to be busy this month. Each of these proposals will be addressed by the NEC code-making panels in meetings taking place this month in Hilton Head, S.C. The results of this massive review process will be available in July, as documented in the 201 NEC Report on Proposals.


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    Electric West 2009

    The Electric West Show, to be held March 18-20, 2009 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with the Power Quality Reliability Conference, is the perfect place to brush up on the latest NEC topics -- and earn continuing education credits in the process. Geared toward electrical contractors, consulting & specifying engineers, electricians, and plant facility personnel, there's something for everyone at the Electric Show. The biggest electrical marketplace in the western United States, this event attracts 250 exhibiting companies and more than 6,000 attendees every year. Here's a preview of some of the NEC seminars planned for next year's event:
    • One- and Two-Family Dwelling Unit Electrical Systems
    • Changes to the 2008 NEC
    • Swimming Pools and Similar Installations (NEC Article 680)
    • Introduction to the 2009 NFPA 70E
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