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NEC 2005 Handbook: NFPA 70: National Electric Code; International Electrical Code Series Hardcover – January 24, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0877656258 ISBN-10: 0877656258 Edition: Tenth

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1333 pages
  • Publisher: NFPA (distributed by Delmar, Cengage Learning); Tenth edition (January 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877656258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877656258
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 2.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This book is quite large and full of great information.
Bruno
The Handbook is a "must have" reference if you are serious about doing all you can to meet the safety goals of the NEC Rules.
Harlan Cook
I bought this book because I am studying to be an electrician.
Patrick

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2007
I have had my master electrician license for 21 years but needed to study for a master license in another state. I have been an electrical contractor and state electrical inspector. I studied for about 100 hours using the regular codebook and I used this "handbook" as a reference. I was very disappointed in that almost every single time I had a question or something was unclear there was absolutely no reference to the "complex" issue. It seemed like the obvious was explained in "other words" but the hard stuff was ignored. I realize "hard stuff" is subjective and my review acknowledges that. In this handbook the simplistic issues are reiterated or a picture is shown which is probably great for beginners or apprentices. I'm not sure why there is almost no clarification or examples regarding the more complicated code issues and almost no useful load, feeder or building service calculations. I would recommend not relying on this book if you want to pass a master test.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on December 8, 2005
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I bought this book because I am studying to be an electrician. I like it considerably more than the paperback version it is far easier to find section headings and sub-headings when you are looking for something. The paper is strong and glossy-white (as opposed to gray and flimsy in the paperback) and headings are in bold type and indented.

That may not sound like much, but it is many times easier to read this version than the paperback version I was supplied to by my school.

The book also features notes about many revisions to the Code from the 2002 edition as well as numerous examples, illustrations, and diagrams of different regulations.

The book is very well constructed, albeit, rather large at 1300+ pages. If you need to buy a code book, this one will last a lot longer than the paperback one!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James L. Tridle on January 3, 2007
This book is far better than the standard red code book. this has more useful information with the pics and tables that is more helpful. and the tabs are great makes finding the sections alot easier.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruno on November 14, 2006
This book really helped me. Not being an Electrician but a tradeworker in the midst of a carreer change. It was difficult for me to read and comprehend the 2005 National Electrical Code book without the help of this handbook. The pictures are helpful, and the examples for the calculations really worked for me. This book is quite large and full of great information. I would recomend it for anyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harlan Cook on February 19, 2007
Wanting to make internal wiring systems safer is the right thing to do. However, knowing how to meet that goal has never been more difficult. And with internal wiring systems more complex than ever, having a resource that provides correct answers about the NEC rules along with details in a simple explaination, is even more useful. That's exactly what the NEC 2005 Handbook does.

I have used this resource for years and can always count on it to provide answers in a clear and concise manner. The latest Handbook continues to improve with the increased use of illustrations and expanded discussions to help the reader know the NEC rule specifics... while helping in its understanding.

The Handbook is a "must have" reference if you are serious about doing all you can to meet the safety goals of the NEC Rules.
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The wording of the NEC can be hard to understand sometimes. I wanted a book that gave explanation to the "rules" in the NEC, but did not want to pay the $100+ for the current level (2014) handbook. So I bought this older book to see what I could learn from it. I have not reviewed much of this book yet, but will refer to it when a question about the electric code comes up related to the volunteer work I do for Habitat for Humanity.
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I really thought that I had no choice but to buy from a book store and this book was around $ 135.00. I was able to buy the regular 2005 NEC book and this 2005 NEC Handbook on Amazon for the same price.. But be sure you look at the condition of the books because if it has writing in it You can not use for the test references just as a work reference.
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This handbook made the NEC more interesting to read. It thoroughly explains most of the vague notes written in the standard NEC book. It does so with examples, actual applications through colored illustrations. Since I'd like to get the most bang out of my buck, I'll consider buying the handbook every other revision.
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