The author of the National Electrical Contractors Association's (NECA) Code Question of the Day has launched a new book to help electricians understand the 2002 National Electrical Code rules.

Charles Trout, who reaches more than 6,000 subscribers daily through his e-mail Q&A, has published the textbook, Electrical Installation and Inspection. The book, which is published by Delmar/Thomson Learning, features more than 400 color illustrations. Electrical Installation and Inspection covers basic requirements for installing electrical products and systems in commercial, residential and industrial buildings. Major subject areas include load calculations; circuit design and layout; elevators; the special requirements of escalators and lifts; cranes and hoists; wiring systems for information technology rooms; and electrical installations in hazardous (classified) locations.

Trout said his new book is modeled after his workbook for Code enforcement classes which he taught at Harper College in Palatine, Ill. “It covers subjects not found in any other book of its kind,” he said. “Using everyday, understandable language to describe installation and inspection procedures keeps students and other readers at a higher level of understanding.”

Trout is a member of NECA's Codes and Standards Committee and serves as chairman of N.E. Code-Making Panel 12. For more information on Trout's book, call (800) 998-7498 or visit You can also order the book online at