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).

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Moving Violations Video No. 78: Bad Choice of EMT Fittings

In this episode, Russ shows us an EMT installation in an outdoor wet location that uses the wrong type of fittings. It’s a violation of Sec. 358.42 of the 2014 NEC.

 

What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Classify This as a Misfit  8
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn't identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: Don't Flip That Switch 
Dave Shaub, vice president of operations for ATS Electric in Phoenix, was kind enough to share this great photo with us.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: One More Use for Duct Tape  7
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: Two Connectors Are Better Than One  2
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn't identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: A True Flush-Mount Panel 
A big “thank you!” goes out to Daniel Cortez, an electrical plan examiner/inspector from Collier County, Fla., for sharing these fantastic photos with us.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Hot Seat  4
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: A Bundle of Bundles  5
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: The Incredible Invisible Box  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: If Three’s a Crowd, What’s Four?  16
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn't identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: EMT Errors and Box Violations 
Believe it or not, buried deep in this bundle is a piece of ¾-in. electrical metallic tubing (EMT).
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Multi-Purpose Mounting Screw  7
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: Flimsy Limbs  5
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: Terrifying Temporary Power Arrangement  2
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: PVC Thermal Expansion/Contraction and Protective Bushings  1
A big “thank you” goes out to Steve Perry, an electrician from Peabody, Mass., for sharing this great photo with us.
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