2NEC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE The National electrical code is a publication sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association.
3The NEC book includes recommendations and guidelines on wiring materials and methods. The NEC is updated every three years.
4Electric Service Entrance Is the part of the system that extends from electric company’s last transformer, to the breaker box of a house.If the service runs above ground it is called a service drop.If the service runs underground it is called a service lateral.
5Transformer on a poleS.E. Cable Used for the Service Drop
6HLP’s Step down transformer This transformer is used to supply a service lateral
7An electric service generally contains A service entrance cable (SE cable)A watthour meterAnd a breaker box. (Load center)
8Service entrance cable in conduit Watthour MeterBreaker BoxService entrance cable in conduitservice lateralThis conduit contains the wire the ties the Neutral Bus to the Ground Rod.
9THREE-WIRE SERVICEA three wire service is used in order to supply two different voltages ( ).The SE cable has two current carrying conductors called ( Hot ) wires, and one noncurrent carrying conductor called ( Neutral ).Hot wires are insulated, the neutral may be bare.
10The White Neutral wire and the Bare Ground wire are usually tied to the Neutral Bus Bar
12Why supply two different voltages??? $$$$$$$$$$$$It is cheaper to operate large amperage loads on 240 volts than 120 volts
13Example: An electric water heater uses 5500W heating elements. Remembering I = P/E5500/120 = A5500/240 = A
14The lower current value is important for two reasons The cost of installation, (smaller wire) is cheaper.Power loss is directly proportional to the square of the current!!!
15The Watthour MeterRecords the amount energy used.
16The Load Center Usually called a Breaker Box Could be a fuse box Contains the main disconnect, and usually several breakers or fuses.Distributes the electricity to the many branch circuits throughout the building.
17The Service GroundIs there to reduce the chance of shock and to protect against lightning.The neutral wire of the SE cable is connected to a eight foot copper rod, driven into the ground eight foot deep.The ground rod is connected to the neutral bus bar in the breaker box.
18BRANCH CIRCUITSBranch circuits distribute the electricity from the breaker box to the different rooms of the building.
20There are three types of branch circuits. General-PurposeSmall-ApplianceIndividual
21GENERAL-PURPOSE CIRCUITS Are used for lighting and outlets.Things like radios, TV’s, and small appliances (not kitchen appliances).
22SMALL-APPLIANCE CIRCUITS Are dedicated for the kitchen only.These outlets are for refrigerators, toasters, coffee makers, and any other of the 10,000 appliances that are found in our kitchens.
23INDIVIDUAL CICRUITSAre used for only one piece of equipment (dryer, water heater, AC, and heater)These loads are generally 240 volt loads.A clothes washer and dish washer are only 120 volt loads but are require to be on an individual circuit.
24Wiring Branch circuits is usually done with these materials… Nonmetallic Sheathed CableArmored CableElectrical Metallic Tubing
25Nonmetallic Sheathed cable ( ROMEX ) NM cable is used for all kinds of indoor wiring.Can not be exposed to sunlight, buried underground, in cement,or plaster.Most common sizes are 14 And 12 AWG
26RomexA style of wire that has two or three insulated conductors inside an outer cover of insulation called a sheathIt may or my not have a ground wire, which is usually bare( no insulation )12/2, would indicate that there are 2 # 12 AWG wires in the cable.14/3wg, would indicate the there are 3 # 14 AWG wires in the cable as well as a ground wire.
35GFCI receptacleA GFCI work by detecting the amount of current passing through the HOT wire and comparing the current to coming back on the Neutral wire. If as little as 5mA-7mA does not return on the neutral the GFCI will trip and must be reset.
36The minimum length of 6 inches individual wire is exposed
37A little slack in the Romex cable is a good thing…. Tape covering the splice in the Hot wire.
38Always curl the hook of a wire to be terminated under a screw head in the same direction as the screw tightens.
39The pig tail splice of the ground wires are tightly twisted and has 4 to 5 twist in the first inch.
40This little trick (at the end of the White wire) will help keep the braided wire bundled tightly and not spread out from underneath the screw head.
41This is how we terminate 2 different wires under 1 screw head This is how we terminate 2 different wires under 1 screw head. This is commonly called a pigtail splice
42Termination block for incoming voltage Natural Buss Bar