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gs99

12:27PM | 12/14/02
Member Since: 11/18/02
30 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Open letter to NEC editors.
Thanks for all the time and effort to prepare the Code; this is a complicated subject.

Considering:
Article 90 “Introduction” states that the purpose of the Code “is the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity” and “is not intended as … an instruction manual for untrained persons”.
and
Article 250.1 indicates your awareness of presenting the Code in a “more user-friendly” format.

Suggestions for enhancement of the program:

1. Compile a list of technical terms in the Code.
Provide one “text-only” definition for each term. (This would be the initial definition shown in the Handbook’s Definitions, which includes additional verbiage and pictures for some definitions.)
This will be a list of all technical terms, regardless of how many articles include the term. Most books have only one glossary.
Start with terms for residential buildings; they probably account for most potential lives to be saved.
(Where possible, use terms and definitions that are easily understood by the population, not “legalese”. Invent simpler, single-word terms to replace multi-word terms like “service disconnecting means”, which is almost a sentence. Imagine what the computer “keyboard” could have been called.)

2. Put this list of terms and definitions on a web page. Simple text-only, not rocket science html.
Provide a search tool so it’s easy to find either “Individual branch circuit” or “branch circuit, individual”, or all terms that include the letters “ground”.
The web page should not decrease book sales; it could advertise various publications, encourage interest in safety programs and mistake-proof products, etc..
It should improve the safety and productivity of all electricians, including the DIY group.

Thanks again,
Gs99

Joe Tedesco

11:45PM | 12/14/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
141 lifetime posts
Your NEC related wish lists, questions, answers, and other suggestions should be sent to the NFPA. See their NEC Style Manual and Proposal forms.

NFPA site www.nfpa.org

Our board here is designed to cover the following:

quote:
Electrical Installations

Learn from the experiences of other Do-It-Yourselfer’s, and those with experience as electrical installers. When you try to tackle your own electrical work, there are some jobs you can surely do yourself, while others are best left to the professionals. Safety is a primary concern; when in doubt always seek the advice or assistance of a professional.


PS: NFPA just published a "One and Two Family Dwelling Electrical Code"

[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited December 15, 2002).]

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