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. I don’t see where 300.4 limits the number of NM cables through a given opening in wood or metal framing members. I don’t want to turn the framing members into Swiss cheese and reduce their structural integrity by boring a hole for every NM cable. So ...
Keep Your Cool When Working With A/C and Refrigeration Equipment 1
Demand for knowledge of Art. 440 requirements is heating up
Code Q&A
Q. Is GFCI protection required for a hard-wired spa? A. GFCI protection is required for both cord-and-plug and hard-wired spas containing single-phase equipment . GFCI protection isn't required for the outlet that supplies a spa that has integral GFCI ...
Clearing Up Multi-Family Dwelling Unit Calculations
Calculating multi-family dwelling unit service sizes needn’t be a difficult process, but it can be if you don’t follow the right steps
Code Quandaries
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Code Calculations
When installing conductors of different sizes (or types of insulation) in a raceway, you can’t size the raceway based on Tables 1 through 12 in Annex C. You must instead follow this three-step process to determine the proper raceway and nipple size ...
Code Q&A
Q. Is it permissible to install line and load wiring in the same raceway? A. The NEC doesn't restrict the installation of line and load conductors within a common raceway. However, it does prohibit the installation of service conductors within raceway ...
Code Q&A
Q. On a 1,600A 277/480V service, is the neutral conductor from the utility transformer to the service disconnect considered a current carrying conductor if the only line-to-neutral loads is a 200A lighting panel supplying non-linear loads? A. The ...
Code Calculations
Art. 340 covers the use, installation, and construction specifications of service-entrance cable (Types SE and USE). Type SE cable has a flame-retardant, moisture-resistant covering. Type USE cable, identified for underground use, has a ...
Code Quandaries
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Dwelling Unit Feeder/Service Conductor Calculations 2
How do you size conductors for residential services and feeders?
Code Calculations 1
The requirements for protecting the branch-circuit conductors, control apparatus, and circuits that supply hermetic refrigerant motor-compressors against short circuits and ground faults are noted in 440.22. The size and type of short-circuit and ...
Code Q&A
Q. Can a single transfer switch be used to supply both emergency and non-emergency loads, such as a UPS for telecom equipment? A. No, a single transfer switch is not permitted to serve emergency and non-emergency loads . However, a single generator is ...
Code Q&A
Q. Is a disconnecting means for an outdoor spa or hot tub at a single-family dwelling required to be located within sight of the unit? A. Per 680.12 and 680.42, a maintenance disconnecting means shall be installed within sight of spa and hot tub ...
A change to 338.10 of the 2002 NEC
A change to 338.10 of the 2002 NEC is meant to clarify that when Type SE service-entrance cable is used for interior wiring
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