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September 23, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII No. 18

Big Sky Country Begins Enforcement of 2008 NEC

Washington's Electrical Code Now Under Revision

What's Wrong Here?

Code Q&A

Code Quiz

Code Change Conferences Are Coming


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    Code News Update
    Big Sky Country Begins Enforcement of 2008 NEC
    According to a recent Code Alert issued on Sept. 15, 2010 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Montana began enforcement of the 2008 edition of the NEC on July 30. With the exception of just a few minor amendments, the Code was adopted in its entirety. The amendments dealt with the service equipment location and approved cable options for mobile and manufactured homes, the submission of wiring diagrams, and the need for smoke alarms in buildings and structures.

    Washington's Electrical Code Now Under Revision
    The Evergreen State has published a schedule for revising its electrical code. The State of Washington, Electrical Division, is now accepting proposals to revise the State Electrical Code, but if you want to take part in this process, you’d better hurry up. The deadline for submissions is October 8.

    All proposals must be submitted electronically. You can access an electronic copy of the submission form via this web page. All proposals must clearly identify original language as "new text." Proposed revisions should include the relevant existing text and should use the legislative format [i.e., Use underscore (or underlining) to denote wording to be inserted (e.g. inserted wording) and strike-through to denote wording to be deleted (e.g. deleted wording)]. Proposals not submitted according to these instructions will be rejected.

    You may submit a proposal(s) by sending as an e-mail attachment to

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    Code Violations
    What's Wrong Here?
    By Joe Tedesco
    Think you know how this installation violates the NEC? Visit EC&M's website to see the answer.

    Hint: Come on, you've got plenty of room to work in there.

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    Code Quandaries
    Code Q&A
    By Mike Holt
    Q. Is overcurrent protection required for a panelboard?

    Visit EC&M's website to see the answer.

    Code Challenge
    Code Quiz
    By Steven Owen
    During new construction of dwelling units, what must be provided for communication equipment?

    1. An outlet.
    2. A surge protective device grounded to the outside metal water spigot.
    3. A plywood backboard, minimum ½-in. thick and at least 4 sq ft in area.
    4. One RJ-45 telephone jack for connection to the local fire department.

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

    Shows and Events
    Code Change Conferences Are Coming
    The 2011 NEC is coming. Will you be ready for the changes? By attending one of EC&M's Code Change Conferences, presented by NEC expert Mike Holt and sponsored by EC&M University, you'll learn everything you need to know about major NEC changes that will impact your work, whether you're an electrician, electrical engineer, electrical designer, plant/facility electrical maintenance person, or electrical inspector. Check out the following conferences for a location and time that's right for you.

    • Atlanta — October 11-12, 2010, Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport Hotel
    • St. Louis — October 18-19, Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside Chalet
    • Chicago — November 1-2, Hyatt Regency Rosemont
    • Seattle —November 8-9, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
    • Philadelphia —November 29-30, Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
    • Boston —December 6-7, Venue to be determined
    • Orlando —December 13-14, Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport

    If you’re a registered professional engineer and attend one of the 2011 NEC Code Change Conferences, you'll be granted professional development hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing. The program is also certified as an approved provider of Code Update training by those states requiring continuing education hours for re-licensing of journeymen, master electricians, and electrical contractors.

    Register now to attend one of the these events. For more details on the conferences and a full program, visit EC&M's website.

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