Wiring in Ducts and Environmental Air Space

Brian Spaziani | June 26, 2013

This article focuses on permitted wiring methods in environmental air spaces. More specifically, areas above suspended/drop ceilings used for environmental air. Mainly because no wiring of any kind is permitted for ducts for dust, loose stock, or flammable vapors. Even…..

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Temporary Generator Installation

Brian Spaziani | January 21, 2013

When Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast many were without power. We were called upon to hook up 2,000 KW Generators. They needed to get stores reopened so people could get emergency supplies. Things such as; food, water, flashlights, gas cans,…..

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Mounting Panelboards Horizontally

Brian Spaziani | January 8, 2013

The top row of circuit breakers in the photo above violates Article 240.81 of the 2011 NEC. They’re operated vertically so they must be “ON” in the up position. When is mounting panelboards horizontally acceptable? To answer the question directly, it…..

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Markings on a Switch | Basic Switch Markings

Brian Spaziani | November 28, 2012

Switches are marked with different labels to identify ratings, types, and acceptable wire types. The UL label will also tell you if the device has been tested for safety by an independent testing agency, such as the Underwriters Laboratories. A…..

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GFCI Receptacle or a GFCI Breaker?

Brian Spaziani | November 13, 2012

The question is often asked, whether it is better to install a GFCI receptacle or a GFCI breaker. There are many factors that may weigh into this decision, so let’s take a few minutes to examine the possibilities of each……

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Dedicated Circuits

Brian Spaziani | November 12, 2012

Dedicated circuits are required by the National Electrical Code, but what are they? The code requires that every fixed appliance must be served by a separate  dedicated circuit, not shared by any other appliance. A dedicated circuit is defined as –…..

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Removing a Broken Light Bulb

Brian Spaziani | November 10, 2012

If you’ve ever had a light bulb break off in a socket and didn’t know how to get it out, this might just be the answer. Aside from the bulb breaking being a frustrating event, you lose light and there…..

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Battery Backup Garage Door Openers

Brian Spaziani | October 31, 2012

The use of your garage door makes getting into the garage easy, but what a hassle to have to get out when the power is out to manually lift the door. Then there’s the other problem with getting your car…..

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