What’s New?

State Level News

Wisconsin’s adopting of the 2011 National Electrical Code standard finally was completed as of December 1, 2013. As what usually happens, Wisconsin has changes that are in addition to, and has some sections of the NEC 2011 code that are not enforced.  This is reflected in the states Electrical Code section SPS 316.

Continuing Education classes presented this spring by state officials also noted that Residential Masters can work as Commercial journeyman, and a Residential Journeyman can work as Commercial beginner.  Residential Master? yes that’s a new designation of electrical certification that replaces Master Electrician-Restricted.

 

Product Recalls:

 

– HeathCo recalls motion sensing wall switches due to electrical shock hazard, (CPSC)

– Navien recalls tankless water heaters due to risk of carbon monoxide poisoning – CPSC

 

Informational Brochure updates:

 

– Updated “Minimum Carbon Monoxide Detector Locations, Multi-family Residential Buildings,”  PDF file

– Updated Gas Systems Brochure, PDF file

– Updated Solid Fuel-Fired Water Heating Appliances Brochure, PDF file

– Updated contact list of S&B staff, PDF file

– Updated State Commercial Building inspector contact list and counties covered, PDF file

Wall Bracing Rules

Just when you started getting familiar with the current system of new construction wall bracing, they are changing the rules.

Here is the brochure on the new methods, and how to use them.

Also a compliance worksheet to check your work.

New Deck Building Standards

Decks shall be built in accordance with the 2010 American Forest and Paper Association, Inc. (AF & PA) Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide, Publication DCA-6.  Wisconsin-ism’s still prevail here too, see our exceptions and additions at: SPS 321

 

Rules for Water Heaters Used as Space Heaters