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Preface to National Electrical Code 2008 Handbook
The 26th edition of McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Code® Handbook has been thoroughly revised to reflect the changes given in the 2008 National Electrical Code. This is a reference book of commentary, discussion, and analysis of the most commonly encountered rules of the 2008 National Electrical Code.
Designed to be used in conjunction with the 2008 NE Code book published by the National Fire Protection Association, this Handbook presents thousands of illustrations—diagrams and photos—to supplement the detailed text in explaining and clarifying NEC regulations.
Description of the background and rationale for specific Code rules is aimed at affording a broader, deeper, and readily developed an understanding of the meaning and application of those rules.
The style of presentation is conversational and intended to facilitate a quick, practical grasp of the ideas and concepts that are couched in the necessarily terse, stiff, quasi-legal language of the NEC document itself.
This Handbook follows the order of “articles” as presented in the NE Codebook, starting with “Article 90” and proceeding through “Appendix.”
The Code rules are referenced by “section” numbers (e.g., “250.138. Cord- and PlugConnected Equipment.”).
This format ensures a quick and easy correlation between NEC sections and the discussions and explanations of the rules involved.
This companion reference to the NEC book expands on the rules and presents common interpretations that have been put on the many difficult and controversial Code requirements.
A user of this Handbook should refer to the NEC book for the precise wording of a rule and then refer to the corresponding section number in this Handbook for practical evaluation of the details.
Because many NEC rules do not the present difficulty in understanding or interpretation, not all sections are referenced. But the vast majority of sections are covered, especially all sections that have proved troublesome or controversial.
And particular emphasis is given to changes and additions that have been made in Code rules over recent editions of the NEC.
\Although this new edition, McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Code® 2008 Handbook, does not contain the complete wording of the NE Codebook, it does contain much greater analysis and interpretation than any other so-called Handbook contains.
Today, the universal importance of the NE Code has been established by the federal government (OSHA and other safety-related departments), by state and local inspection agencies, and by all kinds of private companies and organizations.
In addition, national, state, and local licensing or certification as an electrical contractor, master electrician, or electrical inspector will require a firm and confident knowledge of the NEC.
With requirements for certification or licensing now mandated in nearly every jurisdiction across the country, the need for Code competence is indispensable.
To meet the great need for information on the NEC, McGraw-Hill has been publishing a handbook on the National Electrical Code since 1932.
Originally developed by Arthur L. Abbott in that year, the Handbook has been carried on in successive editions for each revision of the National Electrical Code.
One final point—words such as “workmanlike” are taken directly from the Code and are intended in a purely generic sense.
Their use is in no way meant to deny the role women already play in the electrical industries or their importance to the field.
Authors of National Electrical Code 2008 Handbook
Brian J. McPartland is an electrical consultant and educator who teaches the nuts and bolts of the National Electrical Code®. He is co-author of McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Code® Handbook, 25th Edition.
Joseph F. McPartland is an electrical contracting consultant and coauthor of McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Code® Handbook, 25th Edition.
Frederic P. Hartwell is a working electrician, President of Hartwell Electrical Services, Inc., and has been certified by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors as a Certified Master Electrical Inspector. He is the senior member of NEC® CMP 9. He is co-author of McGraw-Hill’s American Electricians’ Handbook, 15th Edition.
National Electrical Code 2008 Handbook Contents
- Requirements for Electrical Installations
- Use and Identification of Grounded Conductors
- Branch Circuits
- Branch-Circuit, Feeder, and Service Calculations
- Outside Branch Circuits and Feeders
- Overcurrent Protection
- Grounding and Bonding
- Surge Arresters, Over 1 kV
- Surge-Protective Devices, 1 kV or Less
- Wiring Methods
- Conductors for General Wiring
- Cabinets, Cutout Boxes, and Meter Socket Enclosures
- Outlet, Device, Pull, and Junction Boxes; Conduit Bodies; Fittings; and Handhole Enclosures
- Armored Cable: Type AC
- Flat Cable Assemblies: Type FC
- Flat Conductor Cable: Type FCC
- Integrated Gas Spacer Cable: Type IGS
- Medium Voltage Cable: Type MV
- Metal-Clad Cable: Type MC
- Mineral-Insulated, Metal-Sheathed Cable: Type MI
- Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC, and NMS
- Power and Control Tray Cable: Type TC
- Service-Entrance Cable: Types SE and USE
- Underground Feeder and Branch-Circuit Cable: Type UF
- Intermediate Metal Conduit: Type IMC
- Rigid Metal Conduit: Type RMC
- Flexible Metal Conduit: Type FMC
- Liquidtight Flexible Metal Conduit: Type LFMC
- Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride Conduit: Type PVC
- High-Density Polyethylene Conduit: Type HDPE Conduit
- Nonmetallic Underground Conduit with Conductors: Type NUCC
- Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit: Type RTRC
- Liquidtight Flexible Nonmetallic Conduit: Type LFNC
- Electrical Metallic Tubing: Type EMT
- Flexible Metallic Tubing: Type FMT
- Electrical Nonmetallic Tubing: Type ENT
- Auxiliary Gutters
- Cable bus
- Cellular Concrete Floor Raceways
- Cellular Metal Floor Raceways
- Metal Wireways
- Nonmetallic Wireways
- Multioutlet Assembly
- Nonmetallic Extensions
- Strut-Type Channel Raceway
- Surface Metal Raceways
- Surface Nonmetallic Raceways
- Underfloor Raceways
- Cable Trays
- Concealed Knob-and-Tube Wiring
- Messenger-Supported Wiring
- Open Wiring on Insulators
- Flexible Cords and Cables
- Fixture Wires
- Receptacles, Cord Connectors, and Attachment Plugs (Caps)
- Switchboards and Panelboards
- Industrial Control Panels
- Luminaires, Lampholders, and Lamps
- Lighting Systems Operating at 30 V or Less
- Fixed Electric Space-Heating Equipment
- Fixed Outdoor Electric Deicing and Snow-Melting Equipment
- Fixed Electric Heating Equipment for Pipelines and Vessels
- Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers
- Air-Conditioning and Refrigerating Equipment
- Transformers and Transformer Vaults (Including Secondary Ties)
- Resistors and Reactors
- Storage Batteries
- Equipment Over 600 Volts, Nominal
- Hazardous (Classified) Locations, Classes I, II, and III, Divisions 1 and 2
- Class I Locations
- Class II Locations
- Class III Locations
- Intrinsically Safe Systems
- Class I, Zone 0, 1, and 2 Locations
- Zone 20, 21, 22 Locations for Combustible Dusts or Ignitible Fibers/Flyings
- Hazardous (Classified) Locations—Specific
- Commercial Garages, Repair and Storage
- Aircraft Hangars
- Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities
- Bulk Storage Plants
- Spray Application, Dipping, and Coating Processes
- Health Care Facilities
- Assembly Occupancies
- Theaters, Audience Areas of Motion Picture and Television Studios, Performance Areas, and Similar Locations
- Control Systems for Permanent Amusement Attractions
- Carnivals, Circuses, Fairs, and Similar Events
- Motion Picture and Television Studios and Similar Locations
- Motion Picture Projection Rooms
- Manufactured Buildings
- Agricultural Buildings
- Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes, and Mobile Home Parks
- Recreational Vehicles and Recreational Vehicle Parks
- Park Trailers
- Floating Buildings
- Marinas and Boatyards
- Temporary Installations
- Electric Signs and Outline Lighting
- Manufactured Wiring Systems
- Office Furnishings (Consisting of Lighting Accessories and Wired Partitions)
- Cranes and Hoists
- Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators, Moving Walks, Platform Lifts, and Stairway Chair Lifts
- Electrical Vehicle Charging Systems
- Electrified Truck Parking Spaces
- Electric Welders
- Audio Signal Processing, Amplification, and Reproduction
- Information Technology Equipment
- Sensitive Electronic Equipment
- Pipe Organs
- X-Ray Equipment
- Induction and Dielectric Heating Equipment
- Electrolytic Cells
- Industrial Machinery
- Electrically Driven or Controlled Irrigation Machines
- Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations
- Natural and Artificially Made Bodies of Water
- Integrated Electrical Systems
- Solar Photovoltaic Systems
- Fuel Cell Systems
- Fire Pumps
- Emergency Systems
- Legally Required Standby Systems
- Optional Standby Systems
- Interconnected Electric Power Production Sources
- Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS)
- Circuits and Equipment Operating at less than 50 Volts
- Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited Circuits
- Instrumentation Tray Cable: Type ITC
- Fire Alarm Systems
- Optical Fiber Cables and Raceways
- Closed-Loop and Programmed Power Distribution (Deleted)
- Communications Circuits
- Radio and Television Equipment
- Community Antenna Television and Radio Distribution Systems
- Network-Powered Broadband Communications Systems
- Annex A. Product Safety Standards
- Annex B. Application Information for Ampacity Calculation
- Annex C. Conduit and Tubing Fill Tables for Conductors and Fixture
- Wires of the Same Size
- Annex D. Examples
- Annex E. Types of Construction
- Annex F. Availability and Reliability for Operations Power Systems; and Development and Implementation of Functional
- Performance Tests (FPTS) for Critical Operations
- Power Systems
- Annex G. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
- Annex H. Administration and Enforcement
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