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  • Material Concerns in Explosion-Proof Product Design

    Hazardous areas require special attention from specifiers. These are areas, as defined in the National Electrical Code, where a combustible atmosphere raises a risk of explosion if sparks or open flames or present. This risk could be the result of flammable gases, combustible vapors, combustible dust or easily ignitable fibers.

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  • Wiring Devices for the Homeowner

    My usual wiring "natural habitat" has been industrial/commercial settings. In fact, for over 25 years, I've been an IME.

    But, I occasionally hack my way through the residential jungle. Obviously, I'm the chief (and only) electrician in my own home. In fact, a few years back I was able to put my skills to work when we renovated our flat roof carport, morphing it into a laundry room, sewing room, and my personal office.

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  • Commercial/Industrial Wiring Devices

    After writing an article about residential wiring devices, I'm finally back to more familiar turf... commercial and industrial environments. But even though I've been around this stuff for a long time, the improvements and innovations continue to keep me interested.

    Some device considerations
    When choosing the right wiring device for a particular operation or use, you must consider various factors.

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  • Arlington Offers Interchangeable Floor Box Kits

    Arlington Industries is offering a new series of floor box kits, covers and accessories aimed at making floor box installation easier and faster for contractors. Among the new features are kit pieces interchangeable with a variety of other manufacturers’ floor boxes.

    The company’s kit for new concrete pours, for instance, includes a heavy-duty plastic FL BC 40502 floor box with six conduit hubs and four plugs, more than it and most other manufacturers previously offered.

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  • Understand Your Needs When Choosing Temporary Power Equipment

    When we think of generators, we’re often thinking about either emergency or prime power applications. These uses generally require equipment that can run for a long duration and provide electricity to support a broad range of facility needs – and the equipment stays put, once it’s installed. But generators also are used in more portable applications, at construction sites, outdoor entertainment venues and to power TV and film production.

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  • Temporary Power and Tier 4 Regulations: Understanding the Rules

    Perhaps you, like me, are old enough to remember that smoky smell of the exhaust from diesel engines in city buses, freight trucks and onsite generators. In major urban centers, that exhaust could create a smoggy haze that actually turned the sky gray. The emissions standards that have largely eliminated diesel-exhaust pollutants now have made their way down to temporary power systems, making for cleaner power and requiring some operational changes users need to understand.

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