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National Electrical Code 2005 Softcover Version (National Fire Protection Associations National Electrical Code) Paperback – September 22, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0877656234 ISBN-10: 0877656231 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: National Fire Protection Associations National Electrical Code
  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: NFPA (distributed by Delmar, Cengage Learning); 1 edition (September 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877656231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877656234
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was in good usable condition.
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The 2005 NEC is as readable as and better than some codes.
Douglas H. Haden
It is a really pretty book with lots of information.
Brian T. Kinard

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By akagrumpy on November 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
For experts, the National Electrical Code is the absolute standard for electrical and wiring regulations. For other than experts in the field, the Handbook is a better investment because of the examples, illustrations, and diagrams of different regulations. The index of the National Electrical Code is also incomplete and difficult to use for non experts. Terms, items and topics that are definitely in the Code are not listed in the index. The most complete investment is the Handbook and the CD.

Anyone who does purchase the paperback, standard version should also purchase the tabs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken Mcintosh on March 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is the quintessential book for all electricians who work actively in the field. It is almost necessary for all electricians looking to take their journeyman or master electricians test. A new NEC book is released every 3 years making it one of the tools an electrician must buy to keep up on the code changes. It's too bad it's so expensive. If you are considering becoming a licensed electrician you can look forward to shelling out at least $100.00 every three years to renew your license, and about $40.00 every year for licensing fees. But you can make a very good living being an electrician, so don't let the costs scare you away form this great trade.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian T. Kinard on August 30, 2007
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The picture of the book I ordered looks exactly like the one that I received. Amazing! It actually has the NEC codes on the inside of the book which is exactly the reason I bought it. It is a really pretty book with lots of information.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wildcat on November 10, 2006
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Not much to say other than bring a highliter when you start reviewing the book. The FEC can get a little confusing, but that is what you can expect from any regulating body or entity.

The softcover is nice, but I can see where a smaller version of the FEC would come in handy. Plus, if you are working in the field with the FEC, a hardbook or looseleaf may suit you better in that you can carry just the sheets you need to the job site. All in All I am happy with AMAZON's price. Best I found for the book/guide. Overstock was more and so was half.com.
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The National Electric Code, also knows as NFPA-70, is the standard that building officials use to define what is legal to use in electric services of all kinds. NFPA is the National Fire Protection Association. The Electric Code began almost as soon as Edison wired some of his new lights in New York, and the first electricity caused fire happened. Soon thereafter the National Fire Protection Association began writing safety codes aimed at preventing fires and promoting safe wiring techniques. Today, more than a century later, the Electric Code is republished every 3 years. As new inventions and new applications for electricity are ever expanding the code book expands and is revised to define the new applications. The 2005 edition has been updated to include recent developments in available materials and equipment. The code has 772 large pages detailing every electric installation from common house wiring to installation requirements for 35,000 volt transformers. The tables detailing how many conductors you can put in a conduit go on for 50 pages in the appendix.

The problem most people have with the code comes from its complexity and scope. If you are a handyman, or even an electrician, it takes years of study to learn all its requirements, and even then they change it on you. It can be helpful though. One year I was installing wire for a welder in my garage. I found a paragraph that allowed me to derate the current load of the conductors based on the duty cycle percentage of the welder. I saved quite a bit of money on heavy wire that wasn't needed, and had a safe installation.
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I'm not an electrician so the price of the NEC delayed my buying a copy for too many years. I hunted for answers in forums and other web sources. (For advanced home improvers, Rex Cauldwell's excellent Wiring a House (For Pros by Pros) is a wonderful resource.)

I bought the spiral-bound edition 2005 National Electrical Code Spiralbound & Turbo Tab Set.

The 2005 NEC is as readable as and better than some codes. I recommend some highlighters and the 2005 NEC Tabs.

Millers Illustrated Guide to the NEC: Based on the 2005 National Electrical Code is a somewhat pricy but helpful companion. The coordinated descriptions and illustrations make the Code take on real-world meaning. There are almost no illustrations in the NEC.
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By Matt Gregory on March 26, 2014
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This book was in new condition just like it was described. New it goes for $40 easily and I got it for $3 with shipping. Love Amazon and all the companies it does business with. Very reputable. Now I just have to study for my D.C. test, this code book wont look new much longer. I also told about 15 people in my class and they were all ordering this 05 version from Amazon as well.
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The book contained what I needed to know for the electrical code test that I had to take. Got here in less than 24 hours and that was awesoome!
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