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 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
Illustrated Catastrophes: Damaging Effects of the Sun 
According to Sec. 300.6(C), nonmetallic equipment such as raceways, boxes, couplings, supports, and support hardware must be made of a material that is suitable for the environment in which it is installed.
Moving Violations Video No. 87: The Missing Plug
In this episode, Russ finds an unplugged opening on the top of an electrical enclosure. This installation violates the requirements set forth in Sec. 110.12 of the 2014 NEC.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Disappearing Act Gone Bad  9
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: A Secret Passageway  3
Some concerned carpet installers asked me to take a look at what they uncovered when they were replacing the carpet in this home.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Above Board Switchboard Baseboard  6
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. 86: Improperly Mounted NM Cables 1
In this episode, Russ shows us why the NM cables in this unfinished residential basement violate the requirements set forth in Sec. 334.15(A) of the 2014 NEC.
What's Wrong Here? Hint: Just a Wee Bit Short 
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. 85: Improperly Mounted Switch 3
In this episode, Russ shows us how someone improperly mounted a disconnect serving a rooftop A/C unit.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: More Sunscreen Please 
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. 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  13
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  3
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 7
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.
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