Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) Magazine - The Online Resource for Electrical Design, Construction and Maintenance http://ecmweb.com/rss.xml en Underground Transformer Blast Captured on Video http://ecmweb.com/fire-security/underground-transformer-blast-captured-video <div class="node-body article-body">Video taken by two women in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., captured an underground transformer blast earlier this week.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/fire-security/underground-transformer-blast-captured-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/fire-security/underground-transformer-blast-captured-video#comments Fire & Security Fri, 27 May 2016 18:31:00 +0000 136281 at http://ecmweb.com Announcing EC&M's 2016 Top 10 Electrical Design Firms http://ecmweb.com/design/announcing-ecms-2016-top-10-electrical-design-firms <div class="node-body gallery-body">It's that time of year again -- when EC&M unveils the highly anticipated 2016 Top 40 electrical design firms in the country, ranked specifically by electrical design revenue. </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/design/announcing-ecms-2016-top-10-electrical-design-firms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/design/announcing-ecms-2016-top-10-electrical-design-firms#comments Galleries Design Fri, 27 May 2016 14:12:00 +0000 136251 at http://ecmweb.com Vote for EC&M's 2016 Product of the Year! http://ecmweb.com/product-year/vote-ecms-2016-product-year <div class="node-body gallery-body">EC&M is once again asking our readers to make their voices heard by helping pick the Product of the Year winner. </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/product-year/vote-ecms-2016-product-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/product-year/vote-ecms-2016-product-year#comments Product of the Year Galleries Fri, 27 May 2016 12:01:00 +0000 135881 at http://ecmweb.com UL Warns of Potentially Hazardous Communications Cable http://ecmweb.com/fire-security/ul-warns-potentially-hazardous-communications-cable <div class="node-body article-body">The following is a notification from UL that the communications cable identified below may pose a fire hazard.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/fire-security/ul-warns-potentially-hazardous-communications-cable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/fire-security/ul-warns-potentially-hazardous-communications-cable#comments Fire & Security Thu, 26 May 2016 18:15:00 +0000 136271 at http://ecmweb.com EC&M's 2016 Product of the Year Competition Sweepstakes Rules http://ecmweb.com/ecms-2016-product-year-competition-sweepstakes-rules <div class="node-body page-body"><p><strong>Official Rules</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>1. Introduction:</strong>&nbsp;Penton Business Media, Inc. d/b/a Electrical Construction &amp; Maintenance (&ldquo;Sponsor&rdquo;) is offering the EC&amp;M 2016 Product of the Year Competition Online Sweepstakes (&quot;Sweepstakes&quot;).&nbsp;<strong>NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.</strong>&nbsp;</p></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/ecms-2016-product-year-competition-sweepstakes-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> content Thu, 26 May 2016 18:09:57 +0000 136261 at http://ecmweb.com DOE's Brodrick Offers Observations on Lightfair http://ecmweb.com/lighting-control/does-brodrick-offers-observations-lightfair <div class="node-body article-body">Brodrick said DOE’s educational presentations were the big draw at DOE’s booth, with standing-room-only crowds eager to learn all the nuances of solid-state lighting technology. He also offered his observations from the show floor.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/lighting-control/does-brodrick-offers-observations-lightfair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/lighting-control/does-brodrick-offers-observations-lightfair#comments Lighting & Control Wed, 25 May 2016 16:19:00 +0000 136241 at http://ecmweb.com <p>Jim Brodrick, Solid-State Lighting Technology Manager in the Building Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.</p> Photo courtesy of DOE Electricians Report Problems with Electrical Wiring at Army Med Center http://ecmweb.com/safety/electricians-report-problems-electrical-wiring-army-med-center <div class="node-body article-body">Two electricians have reported faulty wiring at Eisenhower Army Medical Center.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/safety/electricians-report-problems-electrical-wiring-army-med-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/safety/electricians-report-problems-electrical-wiring-army-med-center#comments Safety Wed, 25 May 2016 14:54:00 +0000 136231 at http://ecmweb.com May 2016 http://ecmweb.com/electrical-construction-and-maintenance/2016-05-25 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"><p>Check out the May 2016 issue of EC&amp;M.</p> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>This issue features stories on health and safety, tips for handling an OSHA investigation, the new OSHA confined spaces rule, electrical service failure investigations, the National Electrical Code, Code violations, residential service secrets, the case of the pole predicament,&nbsp; impeller design and best efficiency point, new products, and more.</p> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/electrical-construction-and-maintenance/2016-05-25" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 25 May 2016 04:00:00 +0000 135851 at http://ecmweb.com Lighting Manufacturers Ask for Changes to Proposed DOE Light Bulb Rule http://ecmweb.com/news/lighting-manufacturers-ask-changes-proposed-doe-light-bulb-rule <div class="node-body article-body">The proposed rule would implement an efficiency standard for general-service lamps that would effectively eliminate energy-efficient halogen bulbs, compact-fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and many specialty incandescent bulbs starting in 2020.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/news/lighting-manufacturers-ask-changes-proposed-doe-light-bulb-rule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/news/lighting-manufacturers-ask-changes-proposed-doe-light-bulb-rule#comments Lighting & Control News Tue, 24 May 2016 21:49:00 +0000 136211 at http://ecmweb.com (Photo by Chris Maddaloni/Getty Images) Fire Shuts Down Ivanpah Solar Generating Tower http://ecmweb.com/fire-security/fire-shuts-down-ivanpah-solar-generating-tower <div class="node-body article-body">A small fire shut down a generating tower last week at the world's largest solar power plant, Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/fire-security/fire-shuts-down-ivanpah-solar-generating-tower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/fire-security/fire-shuts-down-ivanpah-solar-generating-tower#comments Fire & Security Tue, 24 May 2016 16:18:00 +0000 136191 at http://ecmweb.com Overhead Service Conductors, Part 1 http://ecmweb.com/design/overhead-service-conductors-part-1 <div class="node-body article-body">Part II of NEC Art. 230 provides the requirements for overhead service conductors. </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/design/overhead-service-conductors-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/design/overhead-service-conductors-part-1#comments Design NEC Ops & Maintenance Silver Tue, 24 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000 136181 at http://ecmweb.com HildeAnna/iStock/Thinkstock When the Site is No Longer Purely Under Construction, Part 2 http://ecmweb.com/ops-maintenance/when-site-no-longer-purely-under-construction-part-2 <div class="node-body article-body">Have you ever used an old coffee can at home to clean paint brushes? </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/ops-maintenance/when-site-no-longer-purely-under-construction-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/ops-maintenance/when-site-no-longer-purely-under-construction-part-2#comments Ops & Maintenance Silver Tue, 24 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000 136171 at http://ecmweb.com dutchicon/iStock/Thinkstock Motor Wiring, Part 2 http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/motor-wiring-part-2 <div class="node-body article-body">Follow installation drawings, but if those aren't available, determine how many leads a motor has before installing it.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/motor-wiring-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/motor-wiring-part-2#comments Motors Installation Tips Electrical Testing Training Tue, 24 May 2016 12:53:00 +0000 136151 at http://ecmweb.com Consider Predictive Repairs http://ecmweb.com/ops-maintenance/consider-predictive-repairs <div class="node-body article-body">Nearly everybody understands the benefits of predictive maintenance</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/ops-maintenance/consider-predictive-repairs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/ops-maintenance/consider-predictive-repairs#comments Ops & Maintenance Training Silver Tue, 24 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000 136131 at http://ecmweb.com Wittybear/iStock/Thinkstock Electrical Troubleshooting Quiz - May 24, 2016 http://ecmweb.com/motors/electrical-troubleshooting-quiz-may-24-2016 <div class="node-body article-body">You work in a large plant that’s divided into production areas with specific purposes</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/motors/electrical-troubleshooting-quiz-may-24-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/motors/electrical-troubleshooting-quiz-may-24-2016#comments Motors Power Quality Silver Tue, 24 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000 136121 at http://ecmweb.com Hramovnick/iStock/Thinkstock Age Discrimination Isn’t Always Bad http://ecmweb.com/ops-maintenance/age-discrimination-isn-t-always-bad <div class="node-body article-body">It’s hard to beat years of experience</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/ops-maintenance/age-discrimination-isn-t-always-bad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/ops-maintenance/age-discrimination-isn-t-always-bad#comments Ops & Maintenance Silver Tue, 24 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000 136111 at http://ecmweb.com Francesco Scatena/iStock/Thinkstock OSHA's Final Rule on Tracking Workplace Injuries, Illnesses Creates Big Data http://ecmweb.com/safety/oshas-final-rule-tracking-workplace-injuries-illnesses-creates-big-data <div class="node-body article-body">OSHA has issued a final rule in revising its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation, causing a bit of negative response from the industry.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/safety/oshas-final-rule-tracking-workplace-injuries-illnesses-creates-big-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/safety/oshas-final-rule-tracking-workplace-injuries-illnesses-creates-big-data#comments News Safety Mon, 23 May 2016 20:36:00 +0000 136141 at http://ecmweb.com Maintenance Procedures for Fuses http://ecmweb.com/news/maintenance-procedures-fuses <div class="field-byline"> By James Stallcup Sr. and James Stallcup Jr. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Chapter 18 of NFPA 70B points out that fuseholders should be de-energized before installing or removing fuses. </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/news/maintenance-procedures-fuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/news/maintenance-procedures-fuses#comments News Mon, 23 May 2016 14:53:00 +0000 136101 at http://ecmweb.com How do you plan to spend this Memorial Day? http://ecmweb.com/poll/05232016 <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"></div><form action="/poll/05232016" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-radios"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3171-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3171"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-3171" name="choice" value="3171" class="form-radio" /> At a gathering with family and/or friends</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3181-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3181"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-3181" name="choice" value="3181" class="form-radio" /> Sprucing up my yard/house</label> </div> <div class="form-item" 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id="edit-choice-3231" name="choice" value="3231" class="form-radio" /> Remembering the people who gave their lives while serving our country's armed forces</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="136091" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-9SsTG76UAB0r0n3FMELJFtTaQJPn48Z-jGllqWIwEBs" value="form-9SsTG76UAB0r0n3FMELJFtTaQJPn48Z-jGllqWIwEBs" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> http://ecmweb.com/poll/05232016#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 13:21:43 +0000 136091 at http://ecmweb.com Tip of the Week: Lessons Learned from a Test and Measurement Case Study http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/tip-week-lessons-learned-test-and-measurement-case-study <div class="node-body article-body">Unless workers are properly trained on your measurement equipment, you may misdiagnose problems.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/tip-week-lessons-learned-test-and-measurement-case-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/tip-week-lessons-learned-test-and-measurement-case-study#comments Electrical Testing Mon, 23 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000 136061 at http://ecmweb.com Code Quiz of the Week: No. 25 http://ecmweb.com/galleries/code-quiz-week-no-25 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Take this weekly quiz to test your knowledge of the 2014 National Electrical Code requirements.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/galleries/code-quiz-week-no-25" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/galleries/code-quiz-week-no-25#comments Quizzes Galleries Mon, 23 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000 136021 at http://ecmweb.com <p><em>Photo credit: bananastock/Thinkstock</em></p> Bear Investigates Inside of Electrician's Van http://ecmweb.com/contractor/bear-investigates-inside-electricians-van <div class="node-body article-body">A bear climbed into an electrician's van when he had his back turned in East Tennessee. </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/contractor/bear-investigates-inside-electricians-van" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/contractor/bear-investigates-inside-electricians-van#comments Contractor News Mon, 23 May 2016 01:11:00 +0000 136071 at http://ecmweb.com badahos/iStock/Thinkstock Couple Accused of Stealing $250,000 in Electrical Supplies http://ecmweb.com/contractor/couple-accused-stealing-250000-electrical-supplies <div class="node-body article-body">A former police officer and his wife are accused of the theft of approximately $250,000 in electrical materials from an electrical supply warehouse </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/contractor/couple-accused-stealing-250000-electrical-supplies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/contractor/couple-accused-stealing-250000-electrical-supplies#comments Contractor News Mon, 23 May 2016 00:47:00 +0000 136051 at http://ecmweb.com Ten Shock and Fire Hazards Hidden in Plain Sight http://ecmweb.com/safety/ten-shock-and-fire-hazards-hidden-plain-sight <div class="node-body gallery-body">Years of using oversized wattage lamps in enclosed ceiling-mounted luminaires may have caused serious damage to the fixture’s parts, including its wiring and even the building wiring in the ceiling outlet box.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/safety/ten-shock-and-fire-hazards-hidden-plain-sight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/safety/ten-shock-and-fire-hazards-hidden-plain-sight#comments Lighting & Control Galleries Contractor Safety Fri, 20 May 2016 14:20:00 +0000 136001 at http://ecmweb.com How Good is Good Enough? http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/how-good-good-enough-0 <div class="node-body article-body">Know the standards of quality expected, and prepare thoroughly to achieve those standards.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/how-good-good-enough-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/how-good-good-enough-0#comments Business Management Electrical Testing Training Fri, 20 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000 136011 at http://ecmweb.com How Do You Differentiate Yourself from the Competition? http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/how-do-you-differentiate-yourself-competition <div class="node-body article-body">Strategic, targeted discounting may be effective, but don't rely on it as your only growth tactic </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/how-do-you-differentiate-yourself-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/electrical-testing/how-do-you-differentiate-yourself-competition#comments Business Management Electrical Testing Thu, 19 May 2016 18:15:00 +0000 135981 at http://ecmweb.com Moving Violations Video No. 119: How About a Little Support? http://ecmweb.com/moving-violation-videos/moving-violations-video-no-119-how-about-little-support <div class="node-body video-body">Find the Code violations in this video.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/moving-violation-videos/moving-violations-video-no-119-how-about-little-support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/moving-violation-videos/moving-violations-video-no-119-how-about-little-support#comments Moving Violation Videos Thu, 19 May 2016 15:09:00 +0000 135941 at http://ecmweb.com Code Quiz: Submersible or Floating Equipment Power Connection(s) http://ecmweb.com/quizzes/code-quiz-submersible-or-floating-equipment-power-connections <div class="node-body article-body">With respect to natural and artificially made bodies of water (excluding exceptions), when is it permissible to disconnect submersible or floating electrical equipment from its supply by means of cord and plug connection? </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/quizzes/code-quiz-submersible-or-floating-equipment-power-connections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/quizzes/code-quiz-submersible-or-floating-equipment-power-connections#comments Quizzes Silver Thu, 19 May 2016 14:12:00 +0000 135971 at http://ecmweb.com Code Q&A: Branch Circuit Voltage Limits http://ecmweb.com/qa/code-qa-branch-circuit-voltage-limits <div class="node-body article-body">NEC requirements for branch circuit voltage limits</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/qa/code-qa-branch-circuit-voltage-limits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/qa/code-qa-branch-circuit-voltage-limits#comments Q&A Silver Thu, 19 May 2016 14:07:00 +0000 135961 at http://ecmweb.com What’s Wrong Here? Hint: One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out! http://ecmweb.com/whats-wrong-here/what-s-wrong-here-hint-one-two-three-strikes-you-re-out <div class="node-body article-body">Think you know how this installation violates the NEC? </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whats-wrong-here/what-s-wrong-here-hint-one-two-three-strikes-you-re-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whats-wrong-here/what-s-wrong-here-hint-one-two-three-strikes-you-re-out#comments What's Wrong Here? Silver Thu, 19 May 2016 12:21:00 +0000 135951 at http://ecmweb.com