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April 8, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII No. 7



CONTENTS
Cast Your Vote for the EC&M Product of the Year!

2010 NEC Committee Report on Comments Now Available

What's Wrong Here?

Code Q&A

Code Quiz

Possible Updates in Store for Massachusetts Electrical Code



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    Change Proposals
    2010 NEC Committee Report on Comments Now Available
    The results of the committee action on all submitted comments are now available via the NFPA Web site. The comments addressed in this report will be presented for action at the NFPA June 2010 Annual Association Technical Meeting, scheduled to take place June 7-10 in Las Vegas. Anyone wishing to make an amending motion on the Report on Comments must signal his or her intention to do so by submitting a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion by May 7, 2010. Certified motions will be posted on the NFPA Web site by May 21, 2010.

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    Code Challenge
    What's Wrong Here?
    By Brian J. McPartland
    Think you know how this installation violates the NEC? Visit EC&M's Web site to see the answer.


    Hint: Receptacle configuration


    Code Q&A
    By Mike Holt
    Q. Can a receptacle that is installed on the exterior side of an attached garage be used as the required outdoor receptacle for a dwelling unit, or must that receptacle be mounted on the house itself?

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


    Code Quiz
    By Steven Owen
    When installing a flexible cable drop to a machine that requires frequent moving, can the cable be installed directly connected to the overhead busway plug-in device (i.e., busway switch) using appropriate tension take-up support devices without an attachment plug? Assume the machine is in an industrial facility that uses qualified persons to maintain the installation. The length of the cable drop from the busway plug-in device to the tension take-up device is 12 ft, and cable drop is supported at a distance of 8 ft.

    1. Yes, per the requirements of 400.7(A) and (B) — including the exception.
    2. No. The connection to the supply of power must be through an attachment plug.
    3. No. Flexible cable may not be used in this application.
    4. Yes, but only when permitted by written permission from the authority having jurisdiction.

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    Code News Update
    Possible Updates in Store for Massachusetts Electrical Code
    According to a recent Code Alert issued on April 6, 2010 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Massachusetts Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) recently called for proposals to the 2011 Massachusetts Electrical Code (MEC). The BFPR is the promulgating authority for the MEC and has appointed the Massachusetts Electrical Code Advisory Committee (MECAC) to solicit proposals and review the 2011 NEC Report on Proposals and the 2011 NEC Report on Comments. After MECAC has completed its review of these documents, it will make recommendations to the BFPR regarding potential amendments to the 2011 version of the NEC.


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