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NEC(NFPA 70E)study materials suggestions?

NEC(NFPA 70E)study materials suggestions?

NEC(NFPA 70E)study materials suggestions?

   I'm an electrical site engineer. I'm thinking if I need a NEC booklet with me to check the electrical construction quality, for example: wiring, tubing and grounding method. However most NEC booklet only with words but no any illustrations/fiqures to show the quality inspection point.
   Since that, I need some recommedations to NEC study methods and study materials. Thank you.



RE: NEC(NFPA 70E)study materials suggestions?

First, NFPA 70 is the NEC, not NFPA 70E.  

I recommend purchasing the NEC Handbook published by NFPA.  It's a lot more than a booklet, but has a lot of illustrations, photos and contains the complete NEC text.  

If you're looking for something small enough to carry around with you, this isn't it, however.  

Don't worry, the electrical inspector will provide a great education!


David Castor

RE: NEC(NFPA 70E)study materials suggestions?

I meant to mention the NFPA has an on-line service called necplus.org that provides on-line access to the NEC, the Handbook, NFPA-70E and a lot of other resources and everything is searchable.  Maybe subscribe to that and get an iPad?  

We use necplus.org here in the office and it comes in very handy.  

David Castor

RE: NEC(NFPA 70E)study materials suggestions?

I agree with dpc's recommendation of the NEC Handbook.  One issue is that the the new NEC update occurs first and the Handbook is available later.  The NEC is usually issued in the previous fall such as by September 2010 for the 2011 edition.  The Handbook is usually issued later.  I see that the NEC Handbook for 2011 is available from stock now.  Details such as the latest NEC apply to new contracts for design.

However you need to know the date of the design contract that applies to the construction projects; and any similar issues applicable to the local regulations.  For example a project may be under construction based upon the 2008 NEC not the 2011.  Some local inspectors fall within even older requirements.  Still the latest version can be very important even for inspection discussions at a current construction site.

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