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#175189 - 02/24/08 12:50 PM NEC Book or Disc?  
Obsaleet  Offline
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I was wondering what you are all prefering to use:A code book for the van/truck and a disc for the office.
A Handbook and disc
Books only.
Disadvanages and advantages?

I getting ready to order my 2008 materials.


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#175193 - 02/24/08 02:44 PM Re: NEC Book or Disc? [Re: Obsaleet]  
HotLine1  Offline

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,878
Brick, NJ USA
I have a soft '08 & 'o5 NEC at office, and a set that are either 'home' or in my bag for the courses I teach.
I have '05 & '08 on CD in my laptop, and at the office. (Laptop goes to school too)
'05 & '08 Handbooks are in office.
'05 Handbook is on my laptop....waiting for the '08 (any day now)

Collections date back to '81 home, and further back at office. Through in lots of 'other' publications, changes, trade info, etc.

As to when I was just an EC, each truck had a soft cover current NEC, and my EC shop had copies also.
Soft covers took a beating in the trucks, but handy when needed.

As an AHJ now...soft cover in breifcase or Twp car suffice, Handbook and CD in office.

CD's make life real easy, as long as you have a PC/Laptop handy, plus the print option is nice.


#175200 - 02/24/08 06:40 PM Re: NEC Book or Disc? [Re: HotLine1]  
BPHgravity  Offline
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 139
Port Charlotte, Florida
I see no real point in having the NEC on disc when it is available for free online.

As a collector of NEC and other electrical books, I like having the real thing in my hands...

Bryan P. Holland, ECO.
Secretary - IAEI Florida Chapter

#175202 - 02/24/08 07:08 PM Re: NEC Book or Disc? [Re: BPHgravity]  
wire_twister  Offline
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 265
Georgia USA
soft cover book rides in console in truck. The 05 softcover is on my desk in the office, most AHJs in my area are still on the 05 code, hope they stay there


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#175251 - 02/25/08 09:04 PM Re: NEC Book or Disc? [Re: wire_twister]  
master66  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 257
Masontown, PA, USA
My soft cover NEC also took a beating in my van. I started drilling 3 - 3/8" hole through it and started putting it in a 3-ring binder a couple of code cycles ago. If you really want to get fancy you can scan or copy the cover of the book and put it on the front of the binder. My Books can ride around for 3 years without any damage (except for the holes)

#175253 - 02/25/08 09:12 PM Re: NEC Book or Disc? [Re: master66]  
sparkyinak  Offline
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,328
A clean, non-abused code book is like showing up to the job site with clean workboots ot tool pouch. It looks unused smile

Last edited by sparkyinak; 02/25/08 09:12 PM.

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#175278 - 02/26/08 06:55 AM Re: NEC Book or Disc? [Re: sparkyinak]  
SteveFehr  Offline
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Posts: 1,213
Chesapeake, VA
I was taught that lesson well, especially as a young engineer, to NEVER show up on a jobsite wearing a clean hardhat. Don't have that problem anymore, heh.

I think you might get some slack for a nearly pristine copy of NEC 2008, though wink

#175289 - 02/26/08 10:13 AM Re: NEC Book or Disc? [Re: SteveFehr]  
sparkyinak  Offline
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Posts: 1,328
I hear that. Back when I was a volunteer fireman, by chance when I was issued my bunker gear, I was issued a brand new pair of boots with had a bright, yellow toe section on each boot. I delibertly scuffed them. a seasoned memeber of the department told me when he was issued new buker gear, he put it in on and rolled around the parking lot just to get it dirty.

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#175298 - 02/26/08 12:29 PM Re: NEC Book or Disc? [Re: sparkyinak]  
gfretwell  Offline

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Posts: 9,141
I'm scuffed up enough myself to separate me from a "new guy".

Greg Fretwell

#175305 - 02/26/08 07:09 PM Re: NEC Book or Disc? [Re: gfretwell]  
BPHgravity  Offline
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Posts: 139
Port Charlotte, Florida
I heard a story once that a rookie firefighter cleaned all the gear (helmets and boots) of some of the other firefighters in his unit thinking he was doing them a great service and would be awarded for his chore.

Little did he know that all the guys got really, really, really upset with him as they consider the soot and grim to be a badge of honor and respect.

I understand the poor kid was given a pretty hard time for quite a long time...

Bryan P. Holland, ECO.
Secretary - IAEI Florida Chapter

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