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
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Check the Length  10
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn't identify? Here's your chance to moonlight as an electrical inspector and second-guess someone else's work from the safety of your living room or office. It's your turn to identify the violation.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Dangling Detector  2

 

How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn't identify? Here's your chance to moonlight as an electrical inspector and second-guess someone else's work from the safety of your living room or office. It's your turn to identify the violation.

What's Wrong Here Code Violation smoke detector

Hint: Dangling detector

What's Wrong Here? Hint: Get that monkey off your back  2
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: 300.15, 725.136(A), 725.136(B), 725.136(C), 110.8, 352.48, 110.12 
This PVC junction box contains power circuits and control circuits for several rooftop air-conditioning units. Unfortunately, the installer took some shortcuts, which created several Code violations.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Dangerous Curves Ahead  7
NEC guidelines for proper UF cable wiring methods
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Wet Behind the Ears  19
NEC guidelines on electrical metallic tubing (EMT) installations
What's Wrong Here? Hint: Knot approved by the Board  1
How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify?
Illustrated Catastrophes: 110.3(B), 406.9(A), 225.10, 340.12(10), 225.20, 230.50(B)(1), 555.13(A)(1), 300.5(J), 352.12(C), 555.17 
Section 555.13(A)(1) permits the use of PVC as a wiring method for marinas and boatyards; however, the PVC supplying this shore power receptacle is snapped off at the connector, leaving the damaged conductors exposed.
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: This Isn't Tree Art  7
NEC rules on overhead branch circuit wiring and vegetation
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: A Round Peg in a Square Hole 7
NEC guidelines on which mounting screws to use to ensure a proper grounding/bonding connection between the box and the cover
What's Wrong Here? Hint: A Close Shave 5
NEC rules on terminating more than one conductor
Illustrated Catastrophes: 225.26, 590.4(J), 406.9(B), 314.23(H)(1), 210.8(B)(4), 110.12(B), 110.27(A), 110.12(A), 312.5(C), 300.15, 408.40, 300.3, and 200.6 1
This photo was submitted by Ronald M. Stevens, who found this series of 10 receptacles strung along the trees while he was on vacation passing through a city park in a small town in South Central Colorado.
NEC rules on drilling holes and notches in wood framing members
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Torn to Pieces 10
NEC rules on drilling holes and notches in wood framing members
What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Creative Combo 6
NEC rules on securing AC cable

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