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I find these "Real Read" codes on NFPA's site to be more of a teaser than a workable product. They aren't searchable, and the need to scroll one page at a time is a chore that will soon send you to their store to buy a fully downloadable pdf.

The settings they use on the pdfs that they sell are a great improvement, and I find it well worth the money to have a fully functional version of the book. For years, they were not customizable, and now they are. If you have a full version of Acrobat, you can make your own notes, add bookmarks and links, and do all sorts of things with it.

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I find these "Real Read" codes on NFPA's site to be more of a teaser than a workable product. They aren't searchable, and the need to scroll one page at a time is a chore that will soon send you to their store to buy a fully downloadable pdf.

The settings they use on the pdfs that they sell are a great improvement, and I find it well worth the money to have a fully functional version of the book. For years, they were not customizable, and now they are. If you have a full version of Acrobat, you can make your own notes, add bookmarks and links, and do all sorts of things with it.

I agree completely, BUT for those who do not own a copy of the NEC or those who wish to look up a prior edition this can be a good resource.

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https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/safety.html

If you have a full edition of acrobat you can make any code text fully searchable by using the OCR function. After which you can bookmark highlight etc.

What Douglas said made sense but I have Adobe Acrobat and I was able to copy/paste as well as extract entire pages as a separate document.

For some reason, the copyright protocols aren't kicking in.

Marc

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You can download the full text of any number of different codes applicable for your given state from this site.

https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/safety.html

Of course it will be a scanned document. Which is essentially a collection of pictures in a pdf format - not searchable. Try to use your highlight tool on some text, it will tell you it is a scanned document and if you have a full edition of acrobat it will offer to do character recognition. Click yes, it takes a while to do the longer documents but it is well worth it.

Even as a scanned document it is more useful than NFPA's site (unless you intend to join). If you register with NFPA you will not only get the usual deluge of e-mail but snail mail as well.

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All true. That said, I'll take the opportunity to plug the CodeCheck series.

If one's time is figured at a dime an hour, and they're quite brilliant at reading and interpreting the density of codespeak while also working the OCR and bookmarking/cataloging/otherwise notating all that density, then it's still easily worth it to buy into CodeCheck.

I'd rather stick needles in my eyeballs than OCR and notate a codebook, but that's just me.

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