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Pending Code Change Item for 2011
As noted in the NEC Committee Report on
Proposals, 2010 Annual Revision Cycle, Code-Making Panel 12 has
voted to accept a Code change submitted by Rodney Belisle, NIETC (Log
#250 NEC-P12). The recommendation calls for revising the text of Sec.
645.17 as follows:
"Power distribution units that are used for information technology
equipment shall be permitted to have multiple panelboards within a
single cabinet, provided that
each panelboard has no more than 42
overcurrent devices and the power distribution unit is utilization
equipment listed for information technology application."
As noted in the submitter's substantiation summary, this was a
that was implemented into Art. 408 during the 2008 revision cycle with
removal of 408.35. Unfortunately, Art. 645 was unintentionally
overlooked during the correlation process.
You can download
an electronic version of the report via the NFPA Web site.
Although the comment period is now closed, the results of the
committee action on all submitted comments will be published in the
NEC Committee Report on Comments, which will be made available
all who request it. The Report on Comments mail date is
for March 29, 2010.
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By Brian J. McPartland
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Hint: Required field marking
By Mike Holt
Q. In an EMT installation, does the equipment
grounding conductor need to be connected to each junction box if the
boxes contain no splices (the conductors are pulled straight through)?
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By Steven Owen
When installing outlet boxes designed for the support
luminaires, what are the specifics when the luminaire weighs more than
- The luminaire shall be supported independently of the outlet box.
- The outlet box shall be listed for the application and marked for
the maximum weight permitted.
- Both (a) and (b) are permitted
- No fewer than four No. 8 screws may be used to support any
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- Committee on Flash Fire Protective Garments (seeking members in all
interest categories, except manufacturers). This committee is
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Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire, and NFPA 2113, Standard
on Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments
Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire.
- Committee on Health Care Facilities – Electrical Systems (seeking
members in all interest categories, except special experts). This
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