i have the pal series books which are great for quick reference, and can keep them in my jacket pocket...just wanted to put a small list in the back of all the dedicated circuits. i have had less time for study lately as i work full time, school at night, work weekends, wife, 18 month old son, 2 week old son....just trying to be more efficient. i have been reading the code for 2 years now, and am definately a sponge, but i just feel that at this point having someone who knows more than me tell me something will be a lot easier. typing with one hand right now as my 2 week old is sleeping in other arm.
Art 100: Branch Circuit, Individual: A branch circuit that supplies only one utilization.
Not to seem too harsh, but the Code is our living... if you're intimidated by it, you're only hurting yourself. In addition, as recent changes ('05 NEC) have finally explained, the Code is not intended to be the end-all list of electrical utilization equipment or methods.
One automatically needs to consider:
All 240VAC appliances, (that should be a no-brainer) like electric ovens and ranges, arc welders, electric dryers, air compressors, air conditioners, heat pumps, water heaters & electric furnaces
All 120VAC circuits folks wouldn't want tied into a general use circuit for safety or convenience, ie smoke detectors, dishwashers & sump pumps.
Suggest you invest in the NEC Handbook. It's pricey, but it's all the Code, explained pretty thoroughly, with excellent illustrations (I know 'cause I had no idea what they were referring to on some items ).
I empathize with you. I spend my day working and nights bidding and always bounce questions off of my friends. Anyway, the only "dedicated" circuits that you need to worry about in a single family residence are the kitchen outlets, the laundry outlets, bathroom,smoke detection (ARC Fault), anf if you want to count cooktop/range circuits. If I were any good at the computer system I could somehow scan a copy of a worksheet that my apprenticeship instructor had us work from. I did so many calculations in class I still find residential calculations tougher that a commercial calculation.If you have a fax or give me your e-mail address and I'll get it to you. Regards, Rick Buck
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I'd suggest that you immediately edit you message to get rid of the open email address. Automatic "robots" scan web pages for spammers to find email addresses to spam. You might want to do things like spell out "at" and "dot", put in things that the text explains to remove, etc.
Clydesdale, You are rather lucky, what with living in the US where there are other people on-line that can give you a hand with the Codes that you require. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not targeting you, but whatever happened to good old initiative?. Working things out for yourself, is the way that I have always done things and it makes a better Tradesman.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green