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The Formation of the National Electrical Code
by Tom Henry
A must read book in pictures for the electrician to
understand the formation of the NEC, the intent of the rules,sovereign
immunity, liability, the inspector, the license exam, the real world
today, and the permit. Tom Henry will sum up these 12 educational
chapters in his over 60 years experiencing the intent of the National
Electrical Code book.
You will find this to be a very
educational and truthful and very interesting journey from the
beginning to the real world today.
The light bulb was a turning
point for humanity as much as the printing press. Technologically
speaking, mankind has
advanced more in the last hundred years than the thousand before that.
the invention of the light bulb, there would be no modern computer as
we know it
The use of flints to start fire may have occurred as far back
as 400,00 years ago.
1826 - Creation of Ohms law. Georg Simon Ohm, German
physicist who discovered the law, named after him.
July 7th, 1888 Nikola Tesla sells patents for A.C. Polyphase
system to George Westinghouse for $25,000 in cash, $50,000 in notes and
a royalty of $2.50 per horsepower for each motor.
The first electrical codes in the United States originated in
New York in 1881 to
regulate installations of electric lighting.
The 118-year old Centennial Bulb. A modern marvel in hand
blown glass and thick carbon filament.
Harvey Hubbell II was an American inventor, entrepreneur and
industrialist. His best known inventions are the U.S. electrical plug
and the pull chain light socket.
1752 - Benjamin Franklin's key experiment establishing the
relationship betweenlightning and static electricity.
1878 - Thomas Edison establishes the Edison Electric Light
Company. He has been described as America's greatest inventor.
Incandescent lighting unboubtedly changed the world, without
a doubt, the most exciting time in the history of innovation.
Edison didn't just develop a lamp; he invented a whole system
of creating and delivering electricity.
January 12, 1897 - Nikola Tesla opened the first hydro
electric power plant in Niagara Falls.
microwave oven was called the Radarange and it was over six feet tall
and weighed almost 800 pounds.
With Edison's and Hubbell's electric
products and the Pearl Street power plant let the wiring begin! William
Merrill was hired by a group of insurance companies to evaluate
concerns about the fire risk of the electrical wiring of 100,000 Edison
incandescent light bulbs in the Palace of Electricity at the 1893
World's Fair in Chicago.
With five different organizations acting independently, electrical
installers were following five separate codes. This made uniform
systems and connections next to impossible.
On November 6, 1896, representatives
from each organization met in New York to discuss fire, electrical,
sprinklers and uniformity. The meeting was presided over by fire
insurance agent Uberto Crosby. Articles were drawn up for a new
regulatory association. Article 1 read "This organization shall be
known as the National Fire Protection Agency." To this day, the NFPA
has led fire safety efforts in the United States.
This draft was then sent to over 1,000
scientists, mathematicians, physicists, inventors, chemists, engineers,
entrepreneurs, industrialists, futurists, tradesmen, manufacturer
representatives, fire fighters, and other invitees from all over the world,
who provided comments and suggested additions and changes. The
committee met again in June and incorporated the best of the reviewer
comments. The final result was theNational Electrical Code of 1897.
years I have learned the intenet of the NEC by referring to The
National Electrical Code Committee Report on Proposals.
the building permit process in detail, this article will uncover the myth.
if the industry is fulfilling the intent of the electrical license?
inspector is sometimes confused with a real estate appraiser. Very few
home inspectors are qualified to make a complete detailed assessment of
an electrical system.
Electrical Inspector, an enforcer of electrical codes and regulations,
requires a vast knowledge of the National Electrical Code.
trouble with deleting NEC sections by a local code, as the NEC is the
"minimum" safety standard.
||The insurance company that
requires the homeowner to have this electrical work performed should
request a copy of a signed permit by an electrical inspector.
||To make a
final electrical inspection of a building without turning the power on,
would be like finaling a swimming pool with no water!
So many in the electrical industry are not aware of Chapter
Eight - Sovereign Immunity. The rationale was that the government could
do no wrong, but that allowing a lawsuit for breach of a government
duty would expose the government to unlimited liability,the costs of
which would have to be borne by taxpayers.
electrician is responsible for the correct installation of electrical
wiring, not the inspector.
The following is why education is so important in the electrical
#1026 The Formation of the NEC..........
"Knowledge has to be improved,
challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes."
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