2002 NEC books hit town this week. Got mine Tuesday. County inspector called me Wednesday. Wanted to know if I could explain AFCI requirement and tell him what an AFCI breaker looked like. Let the fun begin!
I too am frustrated by the shuffling. I thought there was enough of that with the 99. When the 99 came out Mike Holt posted an Article 250-Grounding and Bonding Index that cross-referenced locations in the 96 to the 99. I printed it and put it in my binder with the code book. I hope he does something similar for the 02. I know this isn't a name you hear on this forum much but I like Tom Henry's Key Word Index too. I already ordered one for the 02. It does make it easier and quicker to locate specifics when you're in a heated debate.
SI is not an issue in my opinion. We'll still use inch pounds. After all we use wire and the NEC term is conductor.
As far as the AFCI's go I have one I took apart and show in my classes. Where was this inspector for the 1999 NEC?
Last year I went to a presentation by a NFPA official on the usability task force charges for the 2002 NEC. When I got my 2002 NEC I noted two things he didn't mention>
1) Font in the table of contents is just a bit larger, its easier to read. 2) Articles are in grey text boxes and stand out (1996 NEC each article was on a separate page, the 1999 the articles all run on)
And I've noted some vertical lines missing and the bullet is gone.
I like the NEC books with the spiral coil binding- I've had mine modified at Kinkos. Mike Holts new Illustrated Changes books are like that.
At Mike Holts Chicago EC&M code change seminar last week, there was a CMP 3 rep there (responsible for Chapter 3) He was asked if there was a logical order to the layout in chapter 3, answer was no. But there are all even numbers so new ones can be added.