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Code Check [Paperback]

Redwood Kardon , Michael Casey mon , Douglas Hansen , Paddy Morrisey
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June 1 2004 Code Check: An Illustrated Guide to Building a Safe House
This useful guide emphasizes life-safety principles underlying building codes. Designed for quick reference, this edition reflects the most up-to-date changes in the 2003 International Residential Code. Also cross-referenced to the Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical Code, and the National Electrical Code, "Code Check is endorsed by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO). Included are summaries of international code specifications in an easy-to-use format that reduces code violation callbacks.

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Paddy Morrissey was senior illustrator for CornerHardware.com.

Paddy Morrissey was senior illustrator for CornerHardware.com. All three live in the San Francisco Bay area.

Redwood Kardon is a former building inspector for Oakland, CA., and is the leading professional lecturer nationwide on building codes. He also owns and maintains "codecheck.com," a website devoted to promoting the Code Check manual. Coauthors Douglas Hansen and Michael Casey have 25 and 18 years of field experience, respectively. All three authors teach seminars for inspectors around the country, using the "Code Check" series as their primary material. Paddy Morrissey was the senior illustrator for CornerHardware.com and has been the sole illustrator for the "Code Check" series.

Douglas Hansen lives in Palo Alto, CA.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Sketchy April 19 2001
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I suppose if you are already familiar with all of the code sections involved in a code inspection, or at least the portion presented in this form, this would be a helpful form. However, if, even as a building inspector, you need occassional reminders of exactly what a code section involves, this may force the user into guessing what is meant by a particular item on this form. Unfortunately, as a result, I firmly believe, inspections done using this form will not represent the kind of accuracy it seems to imply it can provide from the authors/reviewers. Some of the diagrams are useful. However, a great deal is still lacking in helping the inspector, layman or professional, in understanding exactly what they are looking for.
For instance, one of the items under "Service Conductors" within the "Temporary Power" section reads "Identify neutral at both ends". If the National Electric Code Section referenced (200-6b) is accurate, then this actually means that non-white wires in temporary power systems that are #6 or larger, but not the commonly used #8 copper, must be marked with a white identification tape wrapped around the insulation of the wire in the junction boxes in which both ends of the wire terminate. I'm not sure many of my fellow professionals in the building inspection profession, much less the layman, would know these specifics from this short identifying phrase provided in the form. Furthermore, it could take several books, including a copy of the National Electric Code itself, for someone to fully understand what this code section means.
As a result, I don't believe that this form is designed for the layman at all. I don't believe it will be useful to the typical home buyer having a home built.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good help for the Do-it-yourself remodeler. Feb. 11 2004
If you're a do it yourself remodeler or basement finisher this is a good reference to make sure you meet the building codes. It provides some quick answers to things like nailing requirements, maximum spans for doors, roof frames, and floor joists, and many other quick facts for plumbing, electrical, fire and structural codes. But for many questions/issues it just lists the IRC or UPC reference. For that reason it would be even more valuable if you had a copy of the International Residential Code in case you needed more details since it provides the references. I have a building permit to finish my basement and I want to make sure that I meet the codes and this book has been helpful. I plan to buy the plumbing, building and electrical Code Check too.
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Written by a building inspector who kept getting requests for his "code cheat sheets". This little volume of "can't bust 'em" plastic coated pages is meant to be used. Very condensed and useful.
It explains all the major items of the building, plumbing, elecrical and mechanical codes using clear language and helpful diagrams. If you've ever curled up with the UBC you will understand the need for such a reference.
Invaluable for builders, designers and people who work on their own homes. Covers UBC, CABO, UMC and a few more from the alphabet soup of national codes.
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