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George Anchales

Mr. Anchales is employed by Charles Abbott Associates, Inc., a professional building and safety service company. He is assigned to the city of Yucaipa as the deputy building official. He is the former chief electrical inspector for the San Bernardino County, an Electrical Council member for Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., and a former member of the National Electrical Code Code-Making Panel 17. He retired from San Bernardino Valley College where he taught the Uniform Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and National Electrical codes. He is the educational chairman for IAEI's Southern California Chapter, past president of the chapter, and chaired the Neon Sign, Hazardous Swimming Pool Retrofit and Temporary Amusement Ride Committees.Mr. Anchales has authored numerous articles covering the Uniform Codes and the National Electrical codes. Bob Ludecke of Big Bear Lake, California, has been a licensed electrical contractor (CA) since 1978. He is a certified journeyman electrician (CA & WA) and a certified electrical inspector (IAEI). As a subject matter expert, he has worked on writing the California Electrical Contractor and Law/Business exams.


Pre-Alt Inspections

The National Fire Protection Association estimates there are 111,400 fires annually caused by faulty electrical distribution systems, electrical appliances and equipment. These fires caused 3,785 injuries, 860 deaths and nearly $1.3 billion in property damage. Older electrical systems, combined with greater power consumption, have probably contributed to this problem.

Three Chiefs Come Full Circle on Parallel Paths and End on a Tangent

Prior to the 1999 edition of the National Electrical Code, Section 250-24(a), Two or More Buildings or Structures Supplied from a Common Service, basically required a feeder from the first building to be treated as service-entrance conductors at the second building. The neutral conductor was required to be bonded to the building disconnect enclosure and grounded to a grounding electrode no matter what type of wiring method was used.

Hazardous Swimming Pools Retrofitting for Safety

Improper maintenance, the aging process of time, and corrosion plus the lack of a ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI), a device that prevents electrocution, has made underwater swimming pool light fixtures installed prior to the enforcement of the 1975 National Electrical Code (NEC®) a potential source for electrocution.