Russ LeBlanc

Russ
LeBlanc
Project Manager,
Ideal Electric, Inc.
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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 currently serves as a project manager for Ideal Electric. Inc., Peabody, 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 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
Moving Violations Video No. 84: No Protection From Physical Damage
In this episode, Russ shows us how someone improperly installed some NM cable in a residential property.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: A Service That Needs to be Serviced  9
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
What's Wrong Here? Hint: You Light Up My Life  1
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: Communication Breakdown 
Raceways are generally not permitted to support cables in this manner.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Corrosion Confusion  2
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Moving Violations Video No. 83: Ground Rod Installation Falls Short 6
In this episode, Russ reviews a questionable ground rod installation. This installation violates the requirements set forth in Sec. 250.53(G) of the 2014 NEC.
Moving Violations Video No. 82: Lack of Expansion Fittings 3
In this episode, Russ shows us a great example of what happens when you don’t use expansion fittings in long runs of PVC. This installation violates the requirements set forth in Sec. 352.44 of the 2014 NEC.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: A Little Hot Under the Collar  7
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: Maximum Violations at Mini Golf Course  2

All references are based on the 2014 edition of the NEC.
 

Maximum Violations at Mini Golf Course

These photos were sent in by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. He took them while playing miniature golf with his wife. According to him, “This is an area where masses of young people play, and a lot of people with no knowledge of the dangers of electricity come to have fun.”

What's Wrong Here? Hint: Weather Stripped  1
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Moving Violations Video No. 81: Improper Use of NM Cable

In this episode, Russ shows us a wiring violation. The NEC doesn’t allow NM Type cable to be attached to the exterior of raceways [300.11(B)] or exposed to physical damage [334.15(B)].

What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Bad Wiring Choices  2
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Wide Open Spaces  3
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Moving Violations Video No. 80, by Russ LeBlanc, NEC Consultant: Incomplete Raceway
In this episode, Russ finds a conduit body that at first appears to be just hanging out.
Illustrated Catastrophes: This Service Needs Servicing 
A big thank you goes out to Peter Argyropoulos of Petros Electric for sharing these photos with us. He found this installation in rural Pennsylvania.

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