NEC 2008 code manual

220 Posts
Apr 4, 2009 01:56 am
NEC 2008 code manual

 hi folks,

 as a textbook requirement for a continuing education class i need to pick up a 2008 edition of the nec by nfpa. sounds simple enough, but when i looked into it there seems to be so many different versions! softcover, hardcover, looseleaf, tradepaper? has anyone worked with these code books? if so which one do you find best for ease of use? is there any difference in the content?

anyone know of better sources ($)?

thanks for any input, dave
351 Posts
Apr 4, 2009 02:52 am
Re: NEC 2008 code manual


The code is the same regardless of the cover.  But the hardbound edition has explanation articles of the new sections, diagrams and photos that help clarify it. It is about twice as thick as the soft cover.

The spiral bound edition seemed to work best for me. You can fold it over on itself. The pages don't turn by themselves when you let go of it. Easier to carry into the field, etc. But that was when I was working out of it.  The Hardcover might be best for your class, studying, or a desk only reference.

You can get the hardcover new for $110 at Amazon. They also have some used. The softcover is $75. I didn't see the spiral bound.

220 Posts
Apr 4, 2009 12:12 pm
Re: NEC 2008 code manual

thanks ken.

sounds like the hardcover is the way to go for me. then keep it as a desk reference when done. (i think there is still a desk under here somewhere)!

cheers, dave
578 Posts
Apr 4, 2009 08:03 pm
Re: NEC 2008 code manual

I strongly recommend the handbook edition.  it is the light blue one that is hardcover.  it is usually around $110, but worth it to me as it has color pics and notes and explanations not found in the other editions.  if you are studying solar, i can give you other links to very useful code documents from john wiles. 

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220 Posts
Apr 5, 2009 10:48 pm
Re: NEC 2008 code manual

 thanks james,

 i've been following mr. wiles code corner in homepower and this is where playing with pv systems stops being all fun and games (for me anyhow). but a necessary step to move closer to a possible career change. any extra information that may help in preparation would be appreciated.(303 with mr. laforge)

either via this forum or by email
dave edited @
or with an appointment at your home base in hudson.

thanks and cheers, dave

edit: 5/2 removed valid email.
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