Mike Holt

NEC Trainer / Consultant,
Mike Holt Enterprises

Mike earned a masters degree in the Business Administration Program (MBA) from the University of Miami. He earned his reputation as a National Electrical Code (NEC) expert by working his way up through the electrical trade. Formally a construction editor for two different trade publications, Mike started his career as an apprentice electrician and eventually became a master electrician, an electrical inspector, a contractor, and an educator. Since 1975, he has provided custom in-house seminars for groups such as IAEI, NECA, ICBO, IBM, AT&T, Motorola, and the U.S. Navy. Mike has taught more than 1,000 classes on 30 different electrical-related subjects — ranging from alarm installations to exam preparation and voltage drop calculations. He continues to develop seminars, videos, books, and software as well as contributing monthly Code content to EC&M magazine.

Code Q&A
Q. How do you size the ground wire when running conductors in parallel?
Code Q&A
Q. Our utility requires a nonfused disconnect upstream of the meter and service disconnect for certain services. Is this legal?
Sizing Junction Boxes 18
The sizing requirements for pull boxes, junction boxes, handhole enclosures, and conduit bodies exist to prevent conductor insulation damage. Those requirements
Code Quandaries
Q. I have a 1,200A, 480V panel that has a working space of 3½ feet. The engineer says 7 feet is required. Is he correct?
Code Q&A
Q. We have motors that are interlocked, preventing them from being on at the same time. Do we still have to add them up for service and feeder calculations?
Code Q&A
Q. Is a disconnect required to be within sight of electric space-heating equipment if the unit has a factory-installed circuit breaker?
Code Quandaries | September 2008
Q. What are the requirements for installing fixtures in a bathroom?
Motor Calculations 5
To prevent a motor from burning up, you must provide a means of protecting it from overcurrent (overload, short circuit, or ground fault). If you can remember not to confuse motor protection with circuit protection, you’ll eliminate a major point of confusion in motor calculations.
Code Q&A
Q. What is the smallest size wire you can use for a lighting fixture whip?
Stumped by the Code?
Q. Am I required to secure Type MC cable that is located under a raised floor of an information technology equipment room?
Fill Er Up
Raceways must be large enough to hold conductors without overheating and avoid insulation damage during conductor pulls. Therefore, we must determine the maximum number and size of conductors to put in a given raceway. That limit is what we mean by raceway fill.
Code Q&A 1
Q. What is the maximum number of bathroom receptacles that can be placed on the 20A, 120V bathroom receptacle circuit in a single-family dwelling?
Conductor Size Matters
The NEC provides minimum size requirements for conductors to prevent overheating and fire.
Code Quandaries | August 2008
Q. When adjusting the ampacity of a conductor due to conductor bundling, do we use the 90°C column ampacity or the 75°C column ampacity as listed in Table 310.16 for THHN?
Code Q&A
Q. Is the required working space for a panel measured from the panel guts inside the panel or from the panel cover?
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