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If you’re planning on doing any serious plumbing, HVAC, or electrical work on the house or shop anytime soon, you might want to check out Taunton Press’ Code Check book series, which lays out the general code requirements for common tasks.  And to get you hooked, you’ve they’re offering 30% every title in the series from the company store.

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2 Responses to Deals: 30% Off Taunton Press’ Code Check Book Series

  1. nrChris says:

    That last sentence needs some work. 😉

    Hey, check with your local municipality or county government. Depending on the state in which you live, this information is often published and is sometimes free. In Rhode Island the “building code book” is available from town planning and zoning offices or the building inspector. They range from free to about $5.

    I find these very useful as they cover the full gamut of applicable code–down to weird town ordinances about height, fences, exterior decore, etc. If you are only working on your own home, this may be the way to go.

  2. James says:

    You really can’t go wrong with Taunton books. I find that most DIY books are very step-by-step and oriented towards specific common setups, which is really annoying when your situation is just a little different. The Home Depot books are especially bad. My situation is always different, since my house was designed and built by a guy from Iceland many years ago. I have walls made of 1/4″ douglas fir, 3 1/8″ x 10″ floor joists (actual dimensions, not rough) spaced 12″ apart, glass-brick windows, and all sorts of other (good) oddities.

    Taunton books are written to be understood instead of blindly followed. With the theory under your belt, you’ll know what to do when you rip something apart and find that it’s different from the pictures in the book.

    I highly recommend “Renovation, 3rd Edition,” by Michael W. Litchfield. It’s a compendium of all things renovation from foundations and structure to drywall and painting. It doesn’t shy away from the technical details that so many books avoid.

    Also, if you live in Canada and want to know anything about electrical, get “Electrical Code Simplified” by P.S. Knight. It’s $12 (IIRC) at Home Depot and there are different editions for different provinces. It refers directly to the relevant sections of the electrical code and does a great job explaining it. All other electrical books are a waste of money since they tend to be generic, light on details, and much more expensive.

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