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August 20, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII No. 16

Pending Code Change Item for 2011 NEC

What's Wrong Here?

Code Q&A

Code Quiz

Kentucky Adopts 2008 NEC

Call for Presentations


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    Change Proposals
    Pending Code Change Item for 2011 NEC
    As noted in the NEC Committee Report on Proposals, 2010 Annual Revision Cycle, Code-Making Panel 18 has voted to accept a Code change submitted by Ryan Jackson, West Valley City, Utah, (Log #3000 NEC-P18). Jackson recommended revising the text in 410.110 to read as follows: "Luminaires installed in recessed cavities in walls or ceilings, including suspended ceilings, shall comply with 410.115 through 410.122." He notes the proposal will assist the panel in complying with Sec. 6.6 of the regulations governing committee projects. There has been a long-standing formal interpretation addressing this issue, which this change would eliminate.

    The document is open for public review and comment through October 23, 2009. You can download an electronic version of the report via the NFPA Web site.

    All interested parties are urged to read this report and submit their comments on the forms provided in the report. Each comment received on or before the closing date of the comment period will be considered and acted upon by the NEC Code Committee. The results of the committee action will be published in the NEC Committee Report on Comments, which will be made available to all who request it. The Report on Comments mail date is scheduled for March 29, 2010.

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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 an approved bonding jumper?

    Code Q&A
    By Mike Holt
    Q. What are the GFCI requirements for vending machines?

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

    Code Quiz
    By Steven Owen
    As defined in Art. 604, manufactured wiring systems (also known as prefabricated assemblies by UL) may incorporate multi-pole connectors, AC cable, MC cable, flexible metal conduit, hard usage cord, outlet boxes, splitter assemblies, remote control switching assemblies, and devices. Where exactly can these types of systems be installed?

    1. The connection of luminaires.
    2. The connection of utilization equipment.
    3. Continuous plug-in type raceways.
    4. All of the above.
    5. None of the above.

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

    Cool Electronic Cabinets
    Stop electronic control downtime due to heat, dirt and moisture. UL Listed Cabinet Coolers from EXAIR produce 20 degree Fahrenheit air from an ordinary supply of compressed air to cool electrical controls. Thermostat control minimizes air usage. Maintains the NEMA 4, 4X (stainless steel) and 12 rating of the enclosure. Web site offers detailed information, downloadable drawings and PDF literature.
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    Code News Update
    Kentucky Adopts 2008 NEC
    According to a recent Code Alert issued on August 14, 2009 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the 2008 NEC will take effect in the state of Kentucky on September 1, 2009.

    PowerTest 2010, February 15-18, 2010 in Long Beach, CA
    The InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) will host the 2010 PowerTest Electrical Maintenance and Safety Conference February 15-18 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, CA. Highlights include: Safety, Equipment, Reliability, Renewable Energy, and IAEI paper tracks, NERC/FERC symposium, three panels, seminars, and an outstanding tradeshow. For more information visit

    Shows and Events
    Call for Presentations
    NFPA invites you to share your knowledge at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas , June 7-10, 2010. The group is seeking out educational presentations in areas such as building & life safety, codes & standards, electrical systems, and research. Proposals are due by Friday, September 18, 2009. They must be submitted online through the NFPA Conference & Expo Web site. Selected speakers will receive a complimentary registration to the event.

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