Sunday, February 26, 2012

Black & Decker Codes For Homeowners: Electrical Codes, Mechanical Codes, Plumbing Codes, Building Codes By Bruce A. Barker

Black & Decker Codes for Homeowners: Electrical Codes, Mechanical Codes, Plumbing Codes, Building Codes

Black & Decker Codes For Homeowners: Electrical Codes, Mechanical Codes, Plumbing Codes, Building Codes By Bruce A. Barker

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Product Description

Codes are a fact of life for do-it-yourselfers, but getting good information on codes can be a nightmare. Anyone who has ever opened a code book (or even a code interpretation book) looking for the answer to a building, wiring or plumbing question has found the same thing: a lot of arcane, technical words and cross-referencing, pages of meaningless charts, but no information that make sense. Codes for Homeowners combines decades of experience by author and IRC-certified home inspector Bruce Barker with Creative Publishing's famous studio photography, and the result is the first truly clear and easy to use codes reference book for homeowners and tradesmen alike. Current with 2009 International Residential Code (IRC).
Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #3826 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-09-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .70" h x 8.10" w x 10.70" l, 2.25 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 240 pages
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
5Great homeowner's helper
By Joe Bagadonuts
I have a very old house and find myself crossing over all areas of maintenance. I am not a professional electrician, plumber or contractor; but I am confident in my skills and comfortable with taking on most tasks. Having a multi-subject guidebook to check the codes and proper configurations is indispensable. Swapping out a 40-60 year old 3-way light outlet, and all the switches, to a 4-way configuration is not something I do every day. This book provides great guidance and excellent drawings of every configuration I needed in my home.

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful.
5codes for homeowners
By mountain man
this is a very informative book that will keep the handyman out of trouble, it quickley skims over the most commen codes that a homeowner would run into. It is not very complete but that is to be expected. if it were an in depth book of all the codes it would need to be 100 times the size. I am a contractor and refur back to this book all the times on areas I dont normaly deal with.

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
5Great book with good information and lots of graphics
I'm a homeowner and an engineer... I do work around my house (wiring, electrical, woodworking, etc) and consider myself fairly knowledgeable as a handyman. I'm confident that I do things safely, but what I don't always know are the standards... how high should this plug be mounted? What is the proper railing height for a stairwell?

Another tip I found - you can replace an ungrounded outlet with a GFCI in order to get some protection against shorts. Never knew that.

There is a ton of good information here. I'd recommend any homeowner that does projects around the house pick one of these up.

Or even if you don't do projects yourself... this is a good reference book so you can check the work of contractors you hire. YOU need to be knowledgeable to make sure they don't screw up your house.


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