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: 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.
Wrong Here? Hint: Exposure Disclosure  1
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: A Whole-Lotta-Wrong  1
I’m not quite sure where to begin with this one because there is so much wrong.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Hot and Steamy  4
It’s going to be a really tight squeeze for any electricians that may need to access this panelboard, which is crammed behind a steam pipe and a gas pipe.
Moving Violations Video No. 93: Missing Guard Strips
In this episode, Russ finds some unprotected NM cable in an accessible attic space. Sections 320.23 and 334.23 of the 2014 NEC require cables installed in this space to be protected with guard strips.
Moving Violations Video No. 92: Exposed to Physical Damage 1
In this episode, Russ shows us why it’s not a good idea to use Schedule 40 PVC conduit in an area that exposes it to physical damage. This is a clear violation of Sec. 300.5(D)(4) of the 2014 NEC.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: A Laundry List of Problems  8
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: Creative Conduit Cluster 
Score two points for creativity, but subtract several for multiple Code violations on this installation.
What's Wrong Here? Hint: Fixture Flop 
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. 91: Grounding Electrode Conductor Errors
In this episode, Russ points out two violations associated with this transformer installation.
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