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McGraw-Hill's 2017 National Electrical Code® Handbook
29th Edition

by Brian McPartland, Frederic P. Hartwell & Joseph McPartland

The Definitive Guide to the 2017 NEC

Revised to fully align with the 2017 NEC®, this on-the-job reference contains the trusted advice and analysis you need to interpret and effectively work with the current set of regulations.

In-depth coverage of the background and rationale for specific rules enhances your understanding of both meaning and application. Key points are illuminated through thousands of detailed diagrams and photos; in-depth discussions with owners and inspectors provide valuable, real-world insight.

Designed to be used as a companion guide to the 2017 NEC® itself, McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Code® 2017 Handbook, 29th Edition, is arranged logically—the explanation for any topic lines up exactly with the applicable section in the Code.

You will get straightforward clarification of obtuse rules and vague language, enabling you to work efficiently and safely—and to successfully achieve full compliance.

This book doesn’t duplicate the text of the NEC®. Instead, it is entirely comprised of explanatory text, specifically addressing every single code article, providing the most analytical content available.

Because the book is published completely independently from NFPA, it is free to—and frequently does—offer detailed analysis of technically questionable and editorially convoluted provisions in the NEC®, along with strategies for discussing those issues with owners and inspectors before financial commitments are made.

Covers all significant changes to the 2017 NEC, including:
  • Industrial process heating for fixed resistance and electrode equipment (new Article 425)
  • Extensive new coverage of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems generally (Article 690), and the new Article 691 on large-scale utility-connected solar farms On-site electrical storage, including new technologies such as flow batteries (new Article 706)
  • DC Microgrids that utilize solar, wind, or fuel cells to supply functional power (new Article 712)
  • A new repository for stand-alone provisions that formerly repeated themselves (new Article 710)


Chapter 1

100 Definitions
110 Requirements for Electrical Installations

Chapter 2

200 Use and Identification of Grounded Conductors
210 Branch Circuits
215 Feeders
220 Branch-Circuit, Feeder, and Service Calculations
225 Outside Branch Circuits and Feeders
230 Services
240 Overcurrent Protection
250 Grounding and Bonding
280 Surge Arresters, Over 1 k V
285 Surge Protector Devices, 1 k V or Less

Chapter 3

300 Wiring Methods
310 Conductors for General Wiring
312 Cabinets, Cutout Boxes, and Meter Socket Enclosures
314 Outlet, Device, Pull, and Junction Boxes; Conduit Bodies; Fittings; and Handhole Enclosures
320 Armored Cable: Type AC
322 Flat Cable Assemblies: Type FC
324 Flat Conductor Cable: Type FCC
326 Integrated Gas Spacer Cable: Type IGS
328 Medium Voltage Cable: Type MV
330 Metal-Clad Cable: Type MC
332 Mineral-Insulated, Metal-Sheathed Cable: Type M
334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC, and NMS
336 Power and Control Tray Cable: Type TC
338 Service-Entrance Cable: Types SE and USE
340 Underground Feeder and Branch-Circuit Cable: Type UF
342 Intermediate Metal Conduit: Type IMC
344 Rigid Metal Conduit: Type RMC
348 Flexible Metal Conduit: Type FMC
350 Liquidtight Flexible Metal Conduit: Type LFMC
352 Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride Conduit: Type PVC
353 High Density Polyethelene Conduit: Type HDPE
354 Nonmetallic Underground Conduit with Conductors: Type NUCC
355 Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit: Type RTRC
356 Liquidtight Flexible Nonmetallic Conduit: Type LFNC
358 Electrical Metallic Tubing: Type EMT
360 Flexible Metallic Tubing: Type FMC
362 Electrical Nonmetallic Tubing: Type ENT
366 Auxiliary Gutters
368 Busways
370 Cablebus
372 Cellular Concrete Floor Raceways
374 Cellular Metal Floor Raceways
376 Metal Wireways
378 Nonmetallic Wireways
380 Multioutlet Assembly
382 Nonmetallic Extensions
384 Strut-Type Channel Raceway
386 Surface Metal Raceways
388 Surface Nonmetallic Raceways
390 Underfloor Raceways
392 Cable Trays
393 Low Voltage Direct Current Distribution Systems
394 Concealed Knob-and-Tube Wiring
396 Messenger-Supported Wiring
398 Open Wiring on Insulators
399 Outdoor Overhead Conductors over 1000 V

Chapter 4

400 Flexible Cords and Cables
402 Fixture Wires
404 Switches
406 Receptacles, Cord Connectors, and Attachment Plugs (CAPS)
408 Switchboards and Panelboards
409 Industrial Control Panels
410 Luminaires, Lampholders, and Lamps
411 Low-Voltage Lighting
422 Appliances
424 Fixed Electric Space-Heating Equipment
426 Fixed Outdoor Electric Deicing and Snow-Melting Equipment
427 Fixed Electric Heating Equipment for Pipelines and Vessels
430 Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers
440 Air-Conditioning and Refrigerating Equipment
445 Generators
450 Transformers and Transformer Vaults (Including Secondary Ties)
455 Phase Converters
460 Capacitors
470 Resistors and Reactors
480 Storage Batteries
490 Equipment Over 1000 Volts Nominal

Chapter 5

500 Hazardous (Classified) Locations, Classes I, II, and III, Divisions 1 and 2
501 Class I Locations
502 Class II Locations
503 Class III Locations
504 Intrinsically Safe Systems
505 Class I, Zone 0, 1, and 2 Locations
506 Zone 20, 21, 22 Locations for Combustible Dusts or Ignitible Fibers/Flyings
510 Hazardous (Classified) Locations--Specific
511 Commercial Garages, Repair and Storage
513 Aircraft Hangars
514 Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities
515 Bulk Storage Plants
516 Spray Application, Dipping, and Coating Processes
517 Health Care Facilities
518 Assembly Occupancies
520 Theaters, Audience Areas of Motion Picture and Television Studios, and Similar Locations
522 Control Systems for Permanent Amusement Attractions
525 Carnivals, Circuses, Fairs, and Similar Events
530 Motion Picture and Television Studios and Similar Locations
540 Motion Picture Projections Rooms
545 Manufactured Buildings
547 Agricultural Buildings
550 Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes, and Mobile Home Parks
551 Recreational Vehicles and Recreational Vehicle Parks
552 Park Trailers
553 Floating Buildings
555 Marinas and Boatyards
590 Temporary Installations

Chapter 6

600 Electric Signs and Outline Lighting
604 Manufactured Wiring Systems
605 Office Furnishings (Consisting of Lighting Accessories and Wired Partitions)
610 Cranes and Hoists
620 Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators, Moving Walks, Wheelchair Lifts, and Stairway Chair Lifts
625 Electrical Vehicle Charging Systems
626 Electrified Truck Parking Spaces
630 Electric Welders
640 Audio Signal Processing, Amplification, and Reproduction Equipment
645 Information Technology Equipment
646 Modular Data Centers
647 Sensitive Electronic Equipment
650 Pipe Organs
660 X-ray Equipment
665 Induction and Dielectric Heating Equipment
668 Electrolytic Cells
669 Electroplating
670 Industrial Machinery
675 Electrically Driven or Controlled Irrigation Machines
680 Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations
682 Natural and Artificially Made Bodies of Water
685 Integrated Electrical Systems
690 Solar Photovoltaic Systems
692 Fuel Cell Systems
695 Fire Pumps

Chapter 7

700 Emergency Systems
701 Legally Required Standby Systems
702 Optional Standby Systems
705 Interconnected Electric Power Production Sources
708 Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS)
720 Circuits and Equipment Operating at Less Than 50 Volts
725 Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited Circuits
727 Instrumentation Tray Cable: Type ITC
728 Fire Resistive Cable Systems
750 Energy Management Systems
760 Fire Alarm Systems
770 Optical Fiber Cables and Raceways
780 Closed-Loop and Programmed Power Distribution (Deleted)

Chapter 8

800 Communications Circuits
810 Radio and Television Equipment
820 Community Antenna Television and Radio Distribution Systems
830 Network-Powered Broadband Communications Systems
840 Premises-Powered Broadband Communications Systems

Chapter 9 Tables

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
Annex I. Recommended Tightening Totque Tables from UI Standard 486 A-B
Annex J. ADA Standards for Accessible Design


About the Authors:

Brian J. McPartland is an electrical consultant and educator who teaches the nuts and bolts of the National Electrical Code®. He is coauthor of McGraw-Hill's National Electrical Code® Handbook, 26th 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 a senior member of NEC® (Code Making Panel) CMP 9. He is coauthor of McGraw-Hill's American Electricians' Handbook, 15th Edition.

Joseph F. McPartland is an electrical contracting consultant and coauthor of McGraw-Hill's National Electrical Code® Handbook, 26th Edition.

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