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Free Codes? #198911 02/07/11 08:24 PM
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Does anyone know of a site where I can get a free copy of the 2011 NEC so I don't have to buy it?

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Re: Free Codes? [Re: PAteenlectrician] #198913 02/07/11 09:31 PM
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You can view it on the NFPA web site but it is a bit cumbersome.


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Re: Free Codes? [Re: PAteenlectrician] #198946 02/08/11 04:38 PM
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I would recommend you buy the book and if you are really serious about an electrician career, buy the handbook. Despite their price, they are invaluable reference manuals to have on the jobsite and for future reference. Jot down notes, diagrams, etc in it and you will have them for all time


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Re: Free Codes? [Re: PAteenlectrician] #199037 02/11/11 01:36 AM
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I'll probably just end up buying it. Just wondering so I dont have to spend all of that money.

Re: Free Codes? [Re: PAteenlectrician] #199045 02/11/11 07:26 PM
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From my experience i would recommend the Hand book. I am sure some people will recommend the regular code book.


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Re: Free Codes? [Re: PAteenlectrician] #199046 02/11/11 07:53 PM
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I agree with the above guys to spend the extra $ & buy the Handbook. It's a great 'tool' for both entry level (serious guys) and the rest of us.

I'm still trying to figure out why there seems to be no Handbook CD/DVD this cycle.



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Re: Free Codes? [Re: PAteenlectrician] #199065 02/12/11 02:39 PM
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I am with you there John. I would like the CD handbook too.

How does the PDF compare to the CD version? I looked and NFPA wants the same for the download as they want for a hard cover book. That is ridiculous.


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Re: Free Codes? [Re: PAteenlectrician] #199210 02/16/11 08:45 PM
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Greg:
I know I'm going to miss the '11 Handbook both at the office, and on my laptop.

The PDF, from the little time I have had to 'play', seems to be OK, but the lack of the explanatory & graphics from the Handbook are going to be a pain.

Like I said, I got it 'free' with the '11 Changes book.

BTW, the 'lack' of the Handbook CD should make my Twp bean counter happy; one less item to xitch about the cost of.


John
Re: Free Codes? [Re: gfretwell] #199723 03/06/11 02:16 AM
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Same with the CSA. They're charging the same price for CEC pdf as the actual book... you know, the one made of trees, plastic (oil), shipped by guy with his wage and fuel costs, ink.

It's like tiny +5Vdc is actually A THING with a price.
I'm surprised they don't charge shipping too.

Some people need a ground.

Re: Free Codes? [Re: PAteenlectrician] #200114 03/21/11 09:54 AM
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I think (someone told me) that if you joined NFPA and with a special membership, you can not only view the NEC, but you can also download sections of the code book. Again, I heard this from a lic. Elec. inspector who worked in a hospital. They would do it, because they didn't have to get books every 3 years, but they were still able to access the code.

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