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NEC and the web Was: [TowerTalk] Grounding Rod Lenght

Subject: NEC and the web Was: [TowerTalk] Grounding Rod Lenght
From: "Mike Gilmer - N2MG" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 06:21:24 -0800 (PST)
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Jim Lux wrote:

> You won't find the NEC online; it's copyrighted, 
> and the publisher, NFPA, which goes to some 
> expense to create the code, would prefer to be 
> paid for their labors.  


> There's some real useful material on grounding 
> for low voltage systems at the Mike Holt website 
> including a good (free) handbook on the current 
> requirements applying to grounding radios and 
> other Class II, low voltage installations.

Jim makes an interesting recommendation about the 
excellent Mike Holt website.  Thanks to that site, 
(which has tons of good electrical, grounding, wiring, 
etc. resources), I caught wind of an interesting legal 
debate - that of the legality of a government adopting 
a "code" (such as the NEC) into law, yet (the law) 
not being provided to the public for free.

>From Holt's site:;f=11;t=001076#000013

TechTV's spin:,23008,3344180,00.html

The debate is not about making the physical printing 
(the books) available for free, but the laws 
themselves.  In other words, if someone saw fit to 
make them available online (for free), they would be 
allowed to.

Personally, I hate reading more than a few paragraphs 
at a time on a computer screen, so if I were in that 
line of work, I'd own a hard-copy anyway, but it makes 
for interesting discussion.

73 Mike N2MG

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