2020 NEC

infinity

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I would guess that there will end up being a .PDF version just not from the usual sources. ;)

This trend of companies assuming that everyone has 24/7 access to high speed internet has to stop, it's a fallacy. Can you imagine trying to search through the 2020 NEC online when you have poor internet?
 

luckyshadow

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I was told that the 2020 online access version is not searchable and it basically not worth the money. I will not state the personas name who told me this but he is a industry leading expert who is highly respected. ( No its not Mike Holt)
 

Dennis Alwon

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So I was totally incorrect about the $65 for the digital access. That is only for one year. What a rip.. I decided to cancel that and buy the soft copy book along with the digital access and I can then pay $14.00 a year for the access to the digital copy.

The thing is once you're area is done with the 2020 do you continuing paying $14/year so you can copy and paste? Heck no--- it will affect us here on the forum because at some point you are going to cancel the access especially as the years go by.

What a colossal rip off.
 

brantmacga

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Looks like its $65 PER YEAR, not just a one-time fee for the 2020 NEC online access. I just ordered a looseleaf and will scan it myself to a searchable PDF.

edit....missed the reply above where you mentioned the yearly fee.
 

infinity

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Looks like its $65 PER YEAR, not just a one-time fee for the 2020 NEC online access. I just ordered a looseleaf and will scan it myself to a searchable PDF.

edit....missed the reply above where you mentioned the yearly fee.
I had the same idea but I'm thinking that it's quite a bit of work. Let me know how well it works and whether or not it's worth the effort.
 

brantmacga

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I had the same idea but I'm thinking that it's quite a bit of work. Let me know how well it works and whether or not it's worth the effort.
Last time I scanned a project of similar size it took prob 20 hours. I’ll let you know how it goes. Working across different states puts me on any single code cycle for at least 5 years; however long it takes will have been worth it.


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infinity

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Last time I scanned a project of similar size it took prob 20 hours. I’ll let you know how it goes. Working across different states puts me on any single code cycle for at least 5 years; however long it takes will have been worth it.
Similar thing here, we just recently adopted the 2017 so it's probably going to be at least 3 years before we get to adopting the 2020 and then another 3 years of using it so I'm personally looking at about 6 years of use before we go to the 2023.
 

tkb

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The online access is $65 per year, so it is $195 for the 3 year cycle.
After you subscription ends, so does your access.
The code book is less than $120, and I get to access it forever.

I have had the PDF Handbook every cycle since the folio view days.

This is a huge step backwards and is only a money grab by the NFPA so they can mail out more of their sales info.
 

Dennis Alwon

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The online access is $65 per year, so it is $195 for the 3 year cycle.
After you subscription ends, so does your access.
The code book is less than $120, and I get to access it forever.

I have had the PDF Handbook every cycle since the folio view days.

This is a huge step backwards and is only a money grab by the NFPA so they can mail out more of their sales info.

That is what I said in post 28.. However if you buy the book with the digital access then the online is only $14 / year. That is the route I took
 

tkb

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That is what I said in post 28.. However if you buy the book with the digital access then the online is only $14 / year. That is the route I took
I think it is $14 for one year. Then $65 per year after that, which would make it $144 for the 3 year cycle.
 

roger

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They aren't doing themselves any favors as far as trying to deter piracy.

Roger
 

tkb

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It is only going to motivate people to scan and OCR themselves.
This will end up the most pirated edition yet.
 
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