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Old 01-25-2010, 09:36 PM   #16
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The City of Austin is currently using the 2005 NEC, I've discovered. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/development/bpinfo1.htm#UBC That being said I'd rather voluntarily comply with the 2008 NEC.
If the AHJ in your town/County is presently under the 2005 NEC, there is no need (superfluous and unnecessary) to install to NEC 2008 standards and you will not be required to upgrade!!
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So you don't think the AFCI is really necessary?

I guess my big question is, how is the reliability of it? On the NEMA website they say it has some kind of electronic circuitry in it. Does that introduce spurious faults?
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So you don't think the AFCI is really necessary?

I guess my big question is, how is the reliability of it? On the NEMA website they say it has some kind of electronic circuitry in it. Does that introduce spurious faults?
Regardless of the technical aspects of it, you must establish where the 2005 NEC requires to have AFCIs (Bedrooms, for example). But, as a general statement, a Combination AFCI will not work on a circuit where there is a GROUNDED NEUTRAL (where a LOAD takes another path back to the Main Ground other than a NEUTRAL wire)! As for the other "Trips" the breaker is supposed to distinguish between a spark of vacuum cleaners and other motors and a "Fault". Meaning, where a (harmful) spark jumps two contact points.!
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When they 1st came out there were problems with vacuums & other devices causing trips
Most of these have been cleared up
And a newer version of the AFCi breaker has come out
But still possible to get a false trip

I'm not 100% sold on AFCI, but we are required to install them
Thankfully the garage is not required, hopefully I'll mainly be using my tools out there in the future



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OK, circling back to this thread, I now have an electrical permit, along with other permits.

I found out that the breaker box, meter, and service lines were all replaced in 2002 as there was a permit in the system from then to do that work.

And I also now know that I must comply with the 2008 NEC. So, I have procured combination AFCI for all non-kitchen plugs in living areas, and GFCI for kitchen plugs.

I've also picked up hard wired smoke/CO detectors and some 14/3 to wire those in with. I did get a single tandem 15A circuit breaker to allow me a couple of 15A circuits, thus the 14/3 on the detectors.

What other caveats exist with the 2008 NEC that I probably need to address? I don't want to get caught flat footed by the inspector. Is there some sort of "National Electrical Code for Dummies" out there somewhere?

[edit] oh and I'm moving out of my parents house and renting from a neighbor now. After 7 months out of the house, relatives stink

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What other caveats exist with the 2008 NEC that I probably need to address? I don't want to get caught flat footed by the inspector. Is there some sort of "National Electrical Code for Dummies" out there somewhere?
It seems there are several books out there. When I 1st asked my building inspector some questions as I get ready to complete a basement, he specifically suggested that I get the "DeWalt Electrical Code Reference" and "Code Check". I wouldn't call the code reference a "for dummies" book. But what it does do is list the bulk of things the typical home owner would need to know about the electric code.
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