Russ LeBlanc

Russ
LeBlanc
Owner,
LeBlanc Consulting Services
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Russ started in the electrical trade as an apprentice in 1985. He worked his way up to become a journeyman electrician and then eventually became a master electrician and licensed construction supervisor. He is currently the owner of LeBlanc Consulting Services in North Reading, Mass. In 1999, Russ became an electrical instructor for The Peterson School of Engineering in Woburn, Mass., where he developed his passion for teaching. He quickly assumed the role of department head of electrical instruction. In addition to his monthly contributions to EC&M, he continues to provide master electrician courses, Code seminars, and arc-flash awareness training through his consulting service business and the Peterson School. Russ is an active member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) — Electrical Section and has authored numerous NEC proposals and comments, which have become Code rules. He is also a member and certified electrical inspector of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).

Articles
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: It’s as Plain as Black and White  8
Using a white wire as an ungrounded power conductor is generally not permitted by Sec. 200.7(A).
What's Wrong Here? Hint: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor 
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: Everything's Coming Unglued 
The first violation I would like to point out with this installation is the lack of proper support for the PVC pipe.
It’s the Intent of the Code That Really Matters  3
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from teaching the Code — and trying to explain the meaning of the words behind a specific rule — is that sometimes you can’t take the words too literally.
Moving Violations Video No. 97: Flexibility Can Lead to Failure
Find the Code violations in this video.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Too Close for Comfort  2
The black and white THWN 120V power wiring for this piece of equipment enters this space from the nipple on the bottom of the cabinet.
Moving Violations Video No. 96: Misuse of Raceway
In this episode, Russ shows us why a tree doesn’t always make a great support member for PVC conduit.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Hide-and-Seek Surprise  5
Discovering what’s behind this metal wireway cover would surprise most electricians.
What's Wrong Here? Hint: Clearance Confusion  3
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: Hanging by a Thread 
The installer of this weatherproof box may have thought he did a good job securing it to the wall, but as indicated by the evidence in the photo, the anchors pulled out and left it flapping in the breeze.
Moving Violations Video No. 95: Dangerous Tree Art
In this episode, Russ shows us why a tree doesn’t always make a great support member for PVC conduit.
Moving Violations Video No. 94: Creative Wiring Arrangement 1
In this episode, Russ shows us an installation that violates the requirements of Sec. 314.3 of the 2014 NEC.
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