National Electrical Code Phone Application

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Upon looking for material about the National Electrical Code, we noticed a great tool that fellow guide, Juan Rodriguez, Guide to Construction, informed us about. This remarkable application is used in some smartphones and can give you up to date information on 2011 code changes in a flash! As Juan quotes, "What will they think of next?"


The NEC, National Electrical Code, is a set of safety rules and regulations developed to protect you and your family. Wire sizes are set to avoid fires when used with proper sized breakers and fuses. Electrical inspectors come into your homes and businesses to make sure these regulations are being followed. Think about it; would you want to look the other way on a violation, only to have someone's home burn down? No, and that's why the inspector writes up those homes that fall short of being electrically correct. You should thank your inspector for finding electrical safety problems. They may just save your life.

The National Electrical Code has some specific rules and regulations about underground wiring methods and points of attachment in the highlights of the outdoor sections of the code.

There are the top bathrooms codes you need to live by to remain safe and keep your electrical devices working properly with bathrooms and its safety.

The National Electrical Code has specific requirements for dwelling units. Ground-fault circuit interrupters are designed to save lives and are to be used in wet and damp locations in and around the home and outbuildings. Article 210.8 states that ground-fault circuit interrupters shall be used for all 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20- amp receptacles.

Wiring for Pools and Spas

When dealing with wiring methods for swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and similar equipment, the 2008 National Electrical Code states, "Feeders shall be installed in rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit (IMC), liquid-tight flexible nonmetallic conduit, rigid polyvinyl chloride conduit (PVC), or reinforced thermosetting resin conduit. Electrical metallic tubing shall be permitted where installed on or within a building, and electrical nonmetallic tubing shall be permitted where installed within a building.

With any electrical installation, there are some electrical codes that must be followed and outdoor electrical installations are no different. Here are a few outdoor lighting and receptacle codes that you will need to know before wiring your home or making room additions.

The National Electrical Code stretches throughout your home, both inside and out. Your safety was in mind when it was developed and continues to improve safety as time goes by. With new products all the time, we need someone to look over and test these products for safety before they get into our homes. Having the hard copy of the NEC is great, but now we all have smartphones that can access the NEC.