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NEC Quiz: Article 326 Answers

by Mark Lamendola

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  1. It addresses Integrated Gas Spacer Cable (Type IGS). It's a factory assembly of conductors, each individually insulated. The assembly is enclosed in a loose-fit, nonmetallic flexible conduit as an integrated gas spacer cable. As the name implies, it's gas-pressurized. Type IGS may be rated up to 600V [326.1].

  2. You can apply Type IGS for use underground, including direct burial. There are three permissible applications: Service-entrance conductors, Feeder or branch-circuit conductors, and Service-lateral conductors [326.10].

  3. You can't use it for interior wiring or where it would be exposed to contact with buildings [326.12].

  4. That's a trick question. Because it's buried, you do not support it in the normal NEC sense. However, you need to follow normal procedures for proper cable burial and, of course, use good workmanship in the installation.

  5. Use terminations and splices identified as a type suitable for maintaining the gas pressure within the conduit [326.40].



How the NEC is arranged

  1. The first four Chapters of the NEC apply to all installations.
  2. Article 90 precedes Chapter One, and establishes the authority of the NEC.
  3. Article 80 follows the body of the NEC; it exists as Annex H. It provides the requirements for administration.
  4. Chapters 5, 6, and 7 are the "special" chapters, covering special: occupancies, equipment, and conditions (in that order).
  5. Chapter 8 provides the requirements for communications systems.
  6. Chapter 9 provides tables.
  7. The appendices provide mostly reference information.
  8. Appendix D contains examples that every NEC user should study.

Try your NEC moxy:

  • Do you know the difference between bonding and grounding? Hint: Look in the NEC, Article 100.
  • Does the NEC refer to grounding incorrectly in any of its articles? Yes! So be careful to apply the Article 100 definitions. Don't ground where you should bond.
  • When doing motor load calculations, which Article covers hermetic motors? Answer: While Article 440 covers the application of hermetic motors, it does so only by amending Article 430 because hermetic motors are a special case of motors. For motor load calculations, refer to Article 430.
  • Does the NEC provide a voltage drop requirement? Yes! It does so in a special case, which is Article 648 Sensitive Electronic Equipment. But for general applications, it does not provide a requirement; it merely provides a recommendation in a couple of FPNs.
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Remember other applicable codes, rules, standards, and references:

  • OSHA's electrical worker safety rules.
  • IEEE standards.
  • NETA standards.
  • NFPA standards.
  • International Codes (if applicable to the installation).
  • State Codes (if the state has them).
  • Local ordinances and permit requirements.
  • Local fire codes.
  • Manufacturer requirements or guidelines.
  • Customer security requirements.
  • Industry standards.
  • Your company's own internal standards, practices, and procedures.
  • Engineering drawing notes.



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