on August 17, 2008
If you want to do it yourself, you want to do it right. You don't want a code violation to cause you a problem when you're trying to resell, and you certainly don't want to make a mistake that will result in something unsafe or dangerous. So, how do you find out what is right?
In my experience, there are two problems with most building codes. Finding the relevant rules using the code's limited table of contents and skimpy index is one problem. Understanding the rules in the maze of tables, footnotes, and legalese is the other problem. This author has solved both problems. Between the two tables of contents and the index, it is relatively easy to find what you need. Once you've found the right section, the clear writing, the liberal use of examples, and numerous pictures and illustrations help you understand the code.
After looking up a little about the author's experience, I decided that this book belonged in my collection. He has the experience, and he explains the material clearly. Now I have a reference that I can use in two ways: 1) when I need to find out about a provision in the code, I use the table of contents to find the relevant section. 2) when I need to work on something specific, electrical, for instance, I use the index to guide me to the right place.
on February 9, 2009
from: Workbench Magazine Product Showcase, p. 90, December 2008
Is your project up to code? Would you know if it wasn't?
Well, get a copy of Everybody's Building Code, and you'll have a quick reference to hold yourself---and your contractors---accountable to the International Residential Building Code. The book uses straightforward language and plenty of illustrations to help you understand how to apply the building code to all of your home improvements.