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DEWALT® Residential Construction Codes, Complete Handbook, 1st Edition

  • Lynn Underwood
  • ISBN-10: 1133129536
  • ISBN-13: 9781133129530
  • 275 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

The DEWALT® Residential Construction Codes Complete Handbook uses the 2012 International Residential Code® to cover the most common code requirements for building one- or two-family dwellings, and presents them to users in an easy to navigate and easy to understand format. Sections cover the wide range of residential construction topics that must meet IRC® mandates, including building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical installations, with high-dimensional illustrations to help explain code application. This title is a must-have resource for anyone working on a residential construction project. Its comprehensive coverage includes: - Administrative standards - Definitions of terms - Building planning - Foundations - Floors - Walls and wall coverings - Roofs and roof coverings - Chimneys and fireplaces - Energy efficiency - Mechanical topics, including installation, heating and cooling equipment, exhaust and duct systems, combustion air, boilers, piping, appliances, solar systems, and fuel gas - Plumbing topics, including connections, inspections, design considerations and materials, systems, water heaters, supply, and distribution - Electrical topics, including inspections, equipment, services, branch circuits, wiring methods, power and lighting, devices and luminaires, appliances, and swimming pools Check out our app, DEWALT® Mobile Pro™. This free app is a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons. To learn more, visit


  • Detailed illustrations demystify code language and help students visualize how key Code requirements can be applied.

  • Clear, straightforward terminology helps readers learn faster and avoids bogging them down with complex jargon.

  • Valuable code reference citations are included throughout the book, enabling readers to talk intelligently about a code requirement with others in the field.

About the Author

Lynn Underwood

Lynn Underwood is a building code official for the city of Norfolk, Virginia. He has worked in the building safety profession and in building code development for 31 years. A Master Code Professional and Certified Building Official, he is fully certified in all aspects of construction by the International Code Council and sits on four national code development committees. Over the past 13 years, he has participated in developing significant changes in the codes and regularly testifies at ICC code hearings for or against proposed code changes. He is currently serving a three year term on the Board of Directors with the International Code Council. A past-president of the Virginia Building and Code Official’s Association, Lynn has written five books on construction and inspection. He participated in the rewriting of the Building Department Administration book published by the ICC. In addition, he was a contributing author for Healthy and Safe Homes, published by the American Public Health Association in 2010. He also writes regularly for several national magazines, including Building Safety Journal and Fine Homebuilding. A graduate engineer, Lynn is a former home builder and a Class A licensed contractor in Virginia. He teaches construction and building code classes at the Virginia Building Code Academy (Advanced Instructor), Eastern Shore Community College, and Tidewater Community College, and has developed extensive educational and training curricula for construction and inspection programs.

Table of Contents

1. Overview.
Overview in parts. Administrative standards. Definitions. Building planning. Foundations. Floors. Walls. Wall covering. Roofs and roof covering. Chimneys and fireplaces. Energy efficiency.
2. Mechanical.
General installation. Heating and cooling equipment. Exhaust systems. Duct systems. Combustion air. Chimneys and vents. Boilers and water heaters. Hydronic piping. System installation. Solar systems. Fuel gas. Direct vent, integral vent, mechanical vent. Factory built chimney. Decorative appliances. Log lighters. Applicances.
3. Plumbing.
Plumbing connection required. Inspections and Tests. Flood hazard areas. Structural and piping protection. Trenching, backfilling and support. Materials, evaluation and product listing. Plumbing fixtures. Water Heaters. Water supply. Sanitary drainage. Vents. Traps. Storm drainage.
4. Electrical.
Inspection and approval. Equipment. Services. Branch Circuits. Wiring methods. Power and lighting. Devices and Luminaires. Swimming pools.