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Black & Decker Codes for Homeowners: Electrical Codes, Mechanical Codes, Plumbing Codes, Building Codes Paperback – September 1, 2010

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About the Author

Bruce A. Barker is president of Dream Home Consultants, LLC., a Cary, North Carolina based building inspection and consulting firm. He has built or inspected more than 3,000 homes during his 29 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, Florida, and North Carolina.

Mr. Barker is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). He currently serves on the Board of Directors after prior service as chairman of the Society's national Standards of Practice Committee. He is also vice president of the North Carolina ASHI chapter. 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.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Black & Decker
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press; Black & Decker Complete Guide To... edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589234790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589234796
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Pretty good book for those wanting to lose sleep at night. Read the book, look through your house and realize how many code violations you can find. It was a great purchase to help me get my house ready for sale, but the code book might need updating. It is great for homeowners, but pros need to stick to the long form book of codes.
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Codes for has many codes for homeowners in this book. There are codes for building that are illustrated which are valuable when you are building a house. Then there are plumbing codes to follow when you are doing a plumbing remodel in your home. There are electrical codes which are very helpful for doing an electrical job on your house inside or outside receptacles. There are heating and cooling codes in this book also. This book is well illustrated for the homeowner so you can see the right way to do the job. I was in the process of an electrical update so the part on electrical codes is why I bought this book. This was very helpful while I was doing my project of adding lights and receptacles. I would reccomend this book to anyone!! Better to do it right now than have problems later!!
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I do disaster recovery work and help people put their homes back together. This book is a must since you have to be aware of codes in all areas before you start slapping things in. Otherwise you're liable to get something done and then have to rip it out again when a building code person comes in for inspection.
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