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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy All-in-One Reference on Residential Building Codes
This is a handy composite easy-to-use reference book of the four major building codes covering building, electrical, plumbing and HVAC. It is for residential buildings.

Previously, the Code Check series was (and still is) issued for each of the individual codes noted above. This guide combines all four into a condensed and smaller spiral bound hard cover book...
Published on June 5, 2008 by Edward Pohlman

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it is not complete as the title suggests
It is a good book but, it frequently refers you back to the main code check book for the service you are working on e.g. in plumbing it will refer you to the code check plumbing book for complete information. had I to do over again I would buy the individual books.
Published on November 29, 2007 by sactown diyer


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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it is not complete as the title suggests, November 29, 2007
This review is from: Code Check Complete: An Illustrated Guide to the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Codes (Spiral-bound)
It is a good book but, it frequently refers you back to the main code check book for the service you are working on e.g. in plumbing it will refer you to the code check plumbing book for complete information. had I to do over again I would buy the individual books.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy All-in-One Reference on Residential Building Codes, June 5, 2008
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This review is from: Code Check Complete: An Illustrated Guide to the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Codes (Spiral-bound)
This is a handy composite easy-to-use reference book of the four major building codes covering building, electrical, plumbing and HVAC. It is for residential buildings.

Previously, the Code Check series was (and still is) issued for each of the individual codes noted above. This guide combines all four into a condensed and smaller spiral bound hard cover book. It is easier to carry and use if you need to take a quick peek at more than one of the various building code references.

It is an easy guide for contractors, home inspectors, and others interested in the current rules and regulations as they pertain on a national basis. It is not meant as a substitute for your local code regs however.

I believe both formats have a use and am glad they came out with this newer composite or complete version of all residential codes into one small book.

An individual contractor or tradesperson might appreciate the individual CODE CHECK flip chart style guide better. As they cover one of the 4 various building codes, they are slightly larger and much more durable than the composite book. They are published on damage-resistant plastic coated card stock and impervious to moisture damage. They are also larger, yet thinner and are quicker to use as they flip open with their sections all summarized on the cover.

The composite book is smaller, yet thicker. While it is also spiral bound, the paper it is printed on is not tear or moisture-resistant. The value for the composite is superior in that it provides most, if not all of the same information as the individual Code Checks. It is also much less expensive buying the composite compared to buying the four code checks separately. The pages are smaller and more difficult to read if one relies upon glasses in order to read.

The other glaring detraction is the information for the Electrical section. Perhaps the book came out a few months too early. Everything in the Building, HVAC, and Plumbing sections is up-to-date. The Electrical section still contains the information from the 2002/2005 National Electrical Code. Not the newest 2008 version. I would imagine however, that the next edition of the composite "Complete" Code Check book would contain the latest info. Many, if not most local jurisdictions tend to operate off the older NEC, so it may be of little consequence at this point anyway.

One other small observation, is that if you lend out your code check "complete", then you lend all of it out together. Unlike the individual publications. Also, it is not as durable, so if one does lend it out, it may not hold up in the long run, unlike the other larger plastic-coated booklets.

It is still a wise investment for the money. And a great way to have all the major code R&Rs in your hand for a quick and easy reference.

One other note, the publisher on their website also offers several downloads free of charge. One is the "California" Building Code. Another is changes or errors and ommissions in the Code Check Complete. It is after all in its first edition. However the mistakes are kept to a minimum.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Code check complete review, April 7, 2008
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Dennis Krentz (Lake County, CA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Code Check Complete: An Illustrated Guide to the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Codes (Spiral-bound)
good source book for those who are making their way through the permit and inspection process. Seems to be complete, but misses a few things such as smoke alarm requirements. An index would have been really helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, October 7, 2009
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Jeff (Narragansett, RI USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Code Check Complete: An Illustrated Guide to the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Codes (Spiral-bound)
Nice format but, don't assume they will release new sections as the code is updated. This version is already outdated as it's based on the 2005 electrical code. It also has may typos and mistakes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Code Check is complete guide!, October 13, 2008
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D. Byce "DBArch" (San Diego, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Code Check Complete: An Illustrated Guide to the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Codes (Spiral-bound)
I was suprised how complete the codcheck series is. If you live/work in California you will need the special California edition
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Code Check Complete - Two Thumbs Up, September 17, 2010
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J. Spruell (Texas Gulf Coast) - See all my reviews
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Forget buying these books individually, this is the way to go. Great price and provides a pretty good overview of the codes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, February 24, 2014
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The edition offered was an older addition. It would have been nice to know there was a newer addition. I also bought the second addition for another source
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for the DIY as well as professionals!, December 26, 2013
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Even though I ordered individual trades, I ordered the complete Code check manual and I found it easier to use instead of having to check individual manuals for other trades. Excellent material!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Very needed!, November 27, 2013
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It's needed for my husbands work as a home inspector and is very vital to his work. It is a very good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Code Check Complete" HVAC book by Kardon, November 6, 2013
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This is a very good resource for HVAC installers who don't need to or don't want to buy a Mechanical Installation official codebook. This is spiral bound, so it's easy to flip through. I recommend it.
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