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What if...? Two very powerful words. Ways to promote IAEI and electrical safety
High school football season is around the corner. Soon there will be stands full of spectators, families, and rivals watching a sport that brings thrills to millions of people. But, what if during these games you, as a spectator, saw something that made you stop and take notice? What if while watching the game on television you saw something...
Rooftop PV system after fire
A fire occurred on the roof of a house that had a photovoltaic (PV) system installed on that roof and the PV system was involved in the fire. The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in this California jurisdiction had inspected and approved the installation of that PV system, which was installed in 2007 during the local housing boom. Following the...
Back to Basics — The 480/277 V to 208/120 V Wye Transformer Installation graphic
The most routinely encountered transformer installation is likely the common three-phase 480/277 volts (V) to 208/120 V wye dry-type transformer supplying a panelboard. Many field electricians, design professionals, and inspectors struggle with these installation requirements. Electricians and Inspectors who feel very confident with installing and inspecting electrical services will sometimes be far less comfortable when dealing with grounded-type transformers...
Issue: January/February 2020 Deadline: October 07, 2019 The 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code is here! We are interested in writers wanting to promote GFCI protection. Expansion of GFCI requirements within this update includes everything from the basement to the kitchen and garage to protection for personnel. Alternatively, write an article for new installers on how to properly install (and...
High Water Sign in Flood Damaged area, look for water damaged electrical systems
With the increasing number of natural disasters over the past few years, and with the worst of hurricane season yet to come, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has created a new checklist for electricians to help highlight and simplify the decision as to whether damaged electrical systems or equipment can be salvaged or not. The checklist builds off...
New electrical worker learning the trade.
For many people looking for a stable, growing industry in which to start or change a career, the electrical industry is ripe with opportunities. It’s no secret that the trades have been experiencing a worker shortage. The Q1 2019 USG Corporation & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index found that 81 percent of contractors are asking current skilled workers...
Wind Energy and Electric Generation
Wind energy? Is this natural resource going to be the future for electric generation? Back in A.D. 500–900, the Persians relied on windmills to power gain mills and pump water. By 1850, there were an estimated 200,000 windmills. Electric wind generation technology has come a long way from the first reported electric producing wind turbine built in 1887 in Cleveland,...
International Association of Electrical Inspectors IAEI
Regularly scheduled meetings Alaska ChapterSecond Monday of even-numbered month with the February meeting being the Annual meeting. All meetings are held in the training room of the Development Services Building at 4700 Elmore Rd, Anchorage, AK. The meeting runs from 6 to 8 p.m. with two credit hours available for IAEI members. Meetings are...
Wind Electric Production by Joseph Wages, Jr.
Some states have been blessed with incredible natural resources.  Florida has its orange groves while California has its fruits and nuts. Kansas has never-ending views of wheat fields for as far as the eye can see.  South Dakota has some of the best pheasant hunting this country has to offer.  Even Arkansas is known for locations where you can...
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