Continuing Education 2018

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We have had a lot of inquires for Continuing Education these past few weeks.  Attached find our flyer.

Note!

If you are a newly licensed contractor that received your license after August 31,2016 you will only need 7 hours of continuing education.

Those hours are specific and are covered in our SEMINAR 1.

For those of you that received your license after August 31, 2017 you do not need any Continuing Education, but will just have to pay the renewal fees. If you have any questions you can email me and I will let you know what you need to do to renew your license.  jleccemail@hotmail.com

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Till next time be safe work safe.

Jake

Required outlet at a Commercial/Industrial service location 210.64

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This is a new requirement in the 2014 Code that has already been amended in the 2017 Code.  In the 2014 it requires a 15 or 20 ampere receptacle

to be installed within 50’ of the service area.  Then in the 2017 Code they amended it so that a receptacle will not be required if the voltage of the service

is above 120 volts to ground for services in and around Electrically driven or controlled irrigation machines or near natural or artificial bodies of water in

articles 675 and 682 .

 

2017 NEC 210.64 Exception No. 2: Where the service voltage is greater than 120 volts to ground, a receptacle outlet shall not be required for

services dedicated to equipment covered in Articles 675 and 682.

So in the picture below you would have to add a transformer and panel to feed a 120 volt GFCI protected receptacle unless it is a service for equipment

covered in articles 675, and 682..

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Till next time work safe be safe……

Jake

680.22(B)(6) Low Voltage Luminaires New requirement

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This weeks comments comes from a recent inspection where the inspector asked the contractor to show a listing for the fixture that he was using next to a pool, that would meet the requirements of this new Code Section 680.22(B)(6). His request was to show that the two (2) wire fixture did not need grounding.  The fixture was listed as a low voltage luminaire but did not specifically show that it did not need grounding.  The fixture had only two wires and nothing in the manufacturers instructions show grounding the fixture. I asked the contractor if the inspector checked out the type of transformer he used and he said he did not.

The second part of this new section was the use of a transformer that met the requirements of section 680.23(A)(3) which means it is list for use as a pool or spa as a power supply to a fixture. (isolated winding type with an ungrounded secondary that has a grounded metal barrier between primary and secondary or an approved system of double insulation between the primary and secondary windings)  The transformer would also have to have specific low voltage contact limits as laid out in 680.2 definitions. (15 volts (RMS) for sinusoidal ac, 21.2 volts peak for nonsinusoidal ac, 30 volts for continuous dc, and 12.4 volts peak for dc that is interrupted at a rate of 10 to 200 Hz.)

This is a new change which allows us to install Low Voltage lighting right next to a pool, the fixture not being grounded is a requirement of this section but only one of three requirements of this new section, so you have to pay attention to the total section when installing lights next to a pool or spa.  Make sure that you are complying with all the requirements of this section.

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Till next time be safe and work safe.

Jake


Got a question?  Send it in, I will try and get you an answer.


Merry Christmas 2017

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From all of us at the Code Connection, we just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas

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Be safe talk to soon

Jake,Darlene, and Aaron

2014 CODE CHANGE new section added 700.8 Surge Protection

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This new section requires a SPD (Surge protection device) to protect all EMERGENCY switchboards,

and panelboards.  You will need to know which panels and switchboards are connected to the emergency

system.

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If you have a question you would like answered please send it to us and we will post it in a future posting.

Till next time be safe work safe.

Jake


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Neutral Identification 200.4 (B) 2014 CODE CHANGE

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In the 2014 Code we are being asked to identify or group each neutral with each circuit it serves when there are more than one neutral in a conduit , enclosure, box or switchboard.  This is already being enforced in some municipalities based on the safety factor.  As most of you know disconnecting the wrong neutral can lead to burnt out appliances and even fires.  So this is going to be a major change that is going into effect in January.  In some of the installations that I have seen they identified the neutral by numbering them according to the circuit they served. 

If you have multiple circuit in a conduit you will need to identify or group the neutral with the phase conductors it serves.  This is going to take time to do and will also hold up your job if not done properly.

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Till next time be safe work safe, and Happy Thanksgiving from us to you.

Darlene and Jake


New Article 750 Energy Management Systems

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New for 2014 Energy Management Systems, deals with these types of systems.

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We probably should have had this in the Code along time ago, but better late than never.

Our first Continuing Education Classes for 2018 cycle will be held at Peninsular on December 5 and 6 from 6pm to 9pm.

You can check out the classes at our Web site.    www.electricalcodeconnection.com

Till next time be safe work safe

Jake

Not a Code change, Great graphics from the Florida Building Code Residential.

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This week we bring another great graphic from the FBC.  This pertains to drilling and notching wood framing members.

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Till next time be safe work safe

Jake

NFPA 72 17.7,3,2,1 Proper Mounting of Smoke Alarms

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Contractors and inspectors still call and ask about the location of smoke alarms, they want to make sure that the location they put it in is OK.

As shown above it is OK to mount a smoke alarm right up against the ceiling on the wall, there’s no longer that space of 4” down from the ceiling or 4”

away from the corner on the ceiling.  The space 12” down from the ceiling is to the top of the detector.  This changed in the 2010 NFPA 72.  Hope this helps.

Till next time be safe and work safe

Jake

Some changes aren’t always better.

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This Table from the Florida Building Code has been removed, and replaced by the new calculation using 83% for residential services.  Just as they did in the NEC the FBC removed an easier way to size residential conductors and overcurrent devices by replacing it with a calculation.  All changes aren’t necessarily better.  The table shown not only gives us the conductors and overcurrent device sizes it gives us the grounding electrode conductor size also.  Make a copy and stick it in your code book for easier reference or Email me and I’ll send you a PDF.

Till next time be safe work safe, and Happy Birthday to our son Aaron who turns 26 today.

Happy Birthday we love you.

Jake

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