Ob: 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.
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)
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.
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