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Joseph Wages, Jr.

Joseph Wages, Jr., is the education, codes and standards coordinator for IAEI. He represents IAEI as an alternate on NFPA CMP-3. He also serves on the UL Electrical Council and on several Technical Standard Panels. He is an ICC certified building official and holds certifications as building plans examiner, building inspector, chief building code analyst and one and two family dwelling inspector. He is also an IAEI certified electrical inspector for one- and two-family dwellings. Wages served on the State of Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordinating Steering Committee for four years. He was chief electrical inspector of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, for 15 years. He served as secretary/treasurer and education chairman for IAEI Arkansas Chapter since 2008 and as president for two years. He is a graduate of both the University of Arkansas/Fort Smith and the Northwest Technical Institute ACEF Apprenticeship Program. He has taught apprentices for the ACEF and classes for the Arkansas Chapter.


Holiday Lighting Requirements and the NEC

Holiday lighting has existed for centuries. Early lighting consisted of bringing in an evergreen tree and adorning it with candles. With the development and use of electricity came the desire to make things safer. Out went the unsafe candles and in came the strands of holiday lighting.

Fountains and Reflection Pools

Fountains and reflection pools have been around for generations and make powerful statements and reminders of events that occurred at these locations. Beautifully built and constructed throughout the world, these locations are often works of art.

What’s in a Tunnel?

Remember your first tunnel? I do; but now, it not only involves me but also my wife and children. Driving through the tunnel has become an event my family and I look forward to when we travel to the state of Alabama. The tunnel I speak of runs beneath Mobile Bay. My first encounter came at age sixteen, while I was on vacation with the Rankin Family to the white beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Even though I will never forget that vacation and the fun I had on the beach and while fishing in the gulf, the tunnel really got my attention.

Pipe Organs — Standing the Test of Time

The National Electric Code, in Article 650, contins the electrical requirements for pipe organs. Pipe organs have been in existence since early Greece in the third century B.C. They were viewed at one time as the greatest of human achievement. But why on earth is there an article in the NEC dealing with these music producing instruments?

Behind the Meter Cover

Meter enclosures are part of every electrical system. But how often do you look inside the enclosure after it has been installed and energized? A utility provider provides electricity to a customer in order to make a profit. Typically, this is accomplished by metering the electrical system at the point of connection. Electronic receiver/transmitter (ERT) meters are becoming more of the norm in today’s electrical metering systems. They provide many benefits to the electric utility provider and to the customer. But, this could allow for many unforeseen problems as well.

Focus on the Code: Are Type AC and Type MC cables considered pre-wired raceways?

Is the definition of a raceway applicable to Type AC cable and Type MC cable since these wiring methods are factory assembled with insulated conductors? Are Type AC cables and Type MC cables considered pre-wired raceways?