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Product Details

  • Series: Black & Decker
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589234790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589234796
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce A. Barker is President of Dream Home Consultants, LLC., a Phoenix, Arizona based building inspection and consulting firm. He has built or inspected more than 2,000 homes during his 23 years in the construction and building inspection industries. Mr. Barker is a Residential Combination Inspector, certified by the International Code Council. He is also a licensed contractor in Arizona and Florida, a certified building energy performance analyst, and a certified infrared thermographer.

Mr. Barker is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). He currently serves as chairman of the Society's national Standards of Practice Committee after prior service on the Society's Technical Committee. Mr. Barker is a frequent contributor of technical articles to ASHI Reporter, Home Energy, Builder News, and other publications. Mr. Barker is also a member of the International Code Council and the Independent Home Inspectors of North America.

Mr. Barker graduated Cum Laude from the Indiana University School of Business with a degree in Accounting. He also graduated from Indiana with an MBA in information systems and studied law at the Indiana University Law School. He is a member of the Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma academic honor societies. Mr. Barker spent his early career as a consultant with Peat Marwick (now KPMG), an international public accounting and consulting firm, and as the owner of one of the first computer stores in the Midwest.

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The book has excellent illustrations and is very clearly written.
G. Green
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.
MK
The book is well illustrated showing and explaining many examples of both the right(code) and wrong ways of doing things.
David D. Nelson

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Joe Bagadonuts on December 16, 2010
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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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By mountain man on December 17, 2010
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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.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By MK on March 9, 2011
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erin Epperson on April 14, 2012
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Illustrations are nice, but the book is more of a general overview than a detailed description of building codes. However, it covers enough topics to be useful in most situations, and describes the importance of working with inspectors and code enforcement. Recommended for light DIYers with limited knowledge, or even as a reference for individuals looking to purchase a home.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan C. Fisher on May 11, 2011
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I found this book actually more helpful than the Stanley line of books. I think the Stanley Electrical and Plumbing books cover more, in more detail, but this book has page after of page of what is safe/code, and what isn't. It doesn't have every single Code listed out of the IBC/IEBC,IEC...but it does list a large amount and the important ones for most all DIY's and even the homeowner who doesn't DIY, but has a contractor do their work, this will give them some knowledge when they do talk to their contractor.

The onlything i have to complain about, as with B&D Home repair book is the lack of depth they go into on Home HVAC systems, They go into installing all new electrical, Plumbing, but kinda skimp on the HVAC system of a home, they don't tell you how to even figure out if your current HVAC system can actually support the square footage of your home. It does cover basic maint, and some minor repair, but i would've liked to seen more as in how to properly size ducting, proper venting/air intake requirements..etc

But all in all it's a great book, quick and easy to look up spec for something you may be doing and need to now the min requirements, or how you should go about something. perfect for a DIY'er
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill Coleman on November 13, 2010
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this is a great book to keep you out of trouble with the local community and the inspectors, it is fairly up to date but will tell you what is necessary to pass inspections on work that you do. great book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Ragland on September 28, 2011
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This book provides many codes required for most DIY home improvements. For the typical DIY this book is more than adequate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Rickelman on July 19, 2011
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I purchased this book to help me while I fix up my new home. It was an excellent resource for making sure that my weekend projects meet code requirements and will not cause problems when I later try to sell my home. I particularly liked all of the photos and diagrams illustrating each principle. This isn't going to give you all the specifics and doesn't replace consulting a building inspector on larger projects, but for simple projects where you just want to make sure you're being safe, this book should cover pretty much all you need for a residential structure.
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