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NEC Quiz: Article 372

by Mark Lamendola

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Code Quiz: Article 372

Based on the 2014 NEC

Questions and answers written by Mark Lamendola, who has worked as a master electrician, electrical inspector, and design engineer. Mark is an IEEE Senior Member, and the Code article author for Codebookcity.com. Since 1996, he has been writing National Electrical Code articles for electrical trade magazines and has an extensive portfolio of hundreds of NEC articles..

After a series of Articles on various raceways, from Article 350 to Article 362, the NEC jumps to Article 366. Then the normal sequence of raceway Articles resumes, and here we are at Article 372, "Cellular Concrete Floor Raceways."

First, note that this has nothing to do with cellular phones. These raceways are cellular in their construction; that is, they form "cells" through which wiring can pass.

This wiring method is widely used in everything from warehouses to commercial bank buildings to shopping centers. It's a logical approach, if the electrical is planned in advance of construction. To get a better idea of how it works, picture the typical stick frame home. The electrician drills (typically 3/4" or 1/2 ") holes in the studs so that wires can pass through the framework. That wall space (including the holes in the studs) creates a raceway of sorts. You're running the wiring through the structure, rather than on the structure. Cellular concrete floor raceways perform a similar function, except of course it's in the floor and it's preformed concrete instead of drilled wood (in the walls).

  1. Article 372 is a Chapter 3 article addressing a specific wiring method. Which wiring method does it address, and what are its defining characteristics?
     

  2. Name three permitted uses for this wiring method.
     

  3. Name the prohibited uses for this wiring method.
     

  4. What type hardware is permitted for supporting this wiring method?
     

  5. What restriction is there on using couplings and connectors with this wiring method?

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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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