Latest from Data & Training

124738049 / Andrey Popov / Dreamstime
104750065 / Sashkinw / DreamsTime
104750065 / ashkinw / DreamsTime
Somnuek Saelim | DreamsTime
Intro Image
Ewweb 1615 Nec Logo 2013595

Code Changes 2017

Feb. 14, 2017
Editor’s Note. This article was originally published by Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine (EC&M), Electrical Wholesaling’s sister publication. EW’s editors selected the NE Code changes they believe may provide additional sales opportunities with the electrical products distributors sell. Our thanks to Mike Holt and EC&M for letting us publish this article last month and this month in Electrical Wholesaling. Check out and for more information on the National Electrical Code. This article was originally published in EC&M’s Nov. 2016 issue.

From EC&M:

As we do every three years, we’re proud to present one of the most important articles we publish. After reviewing more than 4,000 proposals during the last Code cycle, acting on them, and reviewing public comments made on the accepted changes, the NFPA Code Making Panels and Technical Committee have wrapped up work on the latest edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). The 2017 NEC was published last month by the NFPA and is now available.

Drawing upon the expertise of our long-standing NEC Consultant and Code guru Mike Holt, this article breaks down the key changes to the 2017 NEC that affect the largest number of our readers. This group of 25 revisions focuses on many topics — some of which are straightforward in nature and others that may spark industry debate. Take, for example, one change regarding 110.14 that may cause confusion. It requires the installer to use a properly calibrated tool for conductor terminations when a tightening torque is specified for the terminal by the manufacturer. According to Holt, this new rule may prove to be challenging because it brings up additional questions, such as: Does the inspector have to be on-site during the terminations to verify the tool being used? How will he or she know the tool is calibrated correctly? Has the tool been dropped since being calibrated? Should the inspector carry his or her own tools? Although this new rule may create some growing pains, Holt reminds us that it is intended to increase safety by ensuring proper terminations, which is definitely a good thing. 

As you read through the analysis, please note that the underlined text is NEW to the Code. Although it might be slightly reworded or shortened from the actual text in the NEC, it’s a good representation of the intent of the real rule change.

Go to EC&M to read the rest:

2017 National Electrical Code Changes

By Mike Holt