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Glenn

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I know there has to be more people that collect old code books. I'm seriously so disappointed to see such little response. I was certain this was the site to connect me to my fellow collectors.
 

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Glen, one thing is the codes books are typically paid for and owned by the Municipality, I know very few contractors that even own a code book and the few that do, typically are electricians studying for their masters. Some Muni's have to declare them as surplus before you can remove them from the building.

But when I'm out and about a flees I'll look for you.:)
 

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Glen, one thing is the codes books are typically paid for and owned by the Municipality, I know very few contractors that even own a code book and the few that do, typically are electricians studying for their masters. Some Muni's have to declare them as surplus before you can remove them from the building.

But when I'm out and about a flees I'll look for you.:)
Thanks! I collect other antiques too, and I have never once been able to find one that way, but I hope you have better luck than me. I'm bidding on a 1935 North Caroline code book right now. 2 hours left...hope I win. I don't spend more than $20 or so, but I have a lot of good stuff to trade!!
 

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Oh you "kids", I have a 50 year collection dating back to 1900 City of LA, all UBC (they are available on a CD too, ask ICC). Check with AIA chapters as to retiring architects and engineers. Also have NY, St Louis, Boston and others (smiling). Lots of early elect, plumbing, fire and steel manuals. Been a hobby and great in court.
 
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You are not the only one interested in vintage code books. But I do not have any duplicates for bartering. If someone has an original 1927 UBC or 1929 hard copy of any state building code, I would pay for that. No bartering required.
 

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You are not the only one interested in vintage code books. But I do not have any duplicates for bartering. If someone has an original 1927 UBC or 1929 hard copy of any state building code, I would pay for that. No bartering required.
Well glad to know I'm not the only weirdo. I do wish to find someone to trade with. So many of my duplicates were gifted to me from a mentor, so selling them doesn't feel right, nor does it build my collection. I too would buy an original 1927. My reprint is such a cheat!!
 

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I have a 1908 Baltimore building code. The revised edition created after the massive Baltimore fire. That one is my prize piece, and I had to pay handsomely for it.
 
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Picked up a 1990 Denver Building Code (loose leaf) at a used book store. Darn...turns out I already had it. So...another duplicate available.
PEOPLE! TRADE WITH ME!! I have good stuff (see list above)
Of course... I have found NO ONE to trade with. But I have found ones for sale that I want. So...I guess I will have to use the all mighty dollar. If you would like to PURCHASE any of the books I have listed above, let me know. Then I will use those funds to buy other ones on Ebay and honor the mentor/friend who gave me his collection.

reeeeeeeealy would rather trade with a fellow code nerd... So much more personal and we both get bigger collections.
 

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oooooo... I just got my first Standard Mechanical Code from SBCCI. 1976 yellow loose leaf. So far all three SBCCI codes I have are all loose leaf. Were they all printed that way or did they have paperback?

I feel so alone...
You should just mail me your old code books and make me feel better.
 

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Glenn, your starting to worry me, worried about that fire load your generating with that collection. Might have to reclassify your incidental use and require separation:eek:
 

Glenn

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Glenn, your starting to worry me, worried about that fire load your generating with that collection. Might have to reclassify your incidental use and require separation:eek:
Ha, ha! Already covered. Office is in the loft of my detached garage! I am running out of shelf space though...
 

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I took a look at the prices for loose leaf code books at Ebay. Pricey from $60 for a 3013 cal plumbing code to near $300 for vol 1&2 of the 20?? building code. I wonder if they sell for that.
 

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I took a look at the prices for loose leaf code books at Ebay. Pricey from $60 for a 3013 cal plumbing code to near $300 for vol 1&2 of the 20?? building code. I wonder if they sell for that.
Yeah prices are all over the place on Ebay.
 

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You may want to approach retiring engineers and architects through their local chapters, also estate sales can be good sources.
 

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You may want to approach retiring engineers and architects through their local chapters, also estate sales can be good sources.
I did find one old National Fuel Gas code at an estate sale. That's after going to about 20 of them so far. I'm hoping for that one gold mine one...
I'll try the chapters suggestion. I'm really surprised that I haven't really found any other collectors. I really, really want to trade my duplicates and get that good ol' feeling from my childhood days of trading baseball cards! ha, ha!
 

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I posted it on #8, first page. I've given some away since then. Here is an update.

Uniform Plumbing Codes:
Western Plumbing Officials (pre IAPMO) 1964 (2)
IAPMO 73, 76, 79(2)
ICBO 78, 79 (pre co-publishing with IAPMO)
IAPMO/ICBO 82(2), 85(2), 91, 94
UPC (LL) 94

Uniform Mechanical Code, UMC
67, 70, 76(2), 79(2), 82, 85(2), 88, 91, 94
UMC (LL) 82

Uniform Building Code, UBC
UBC vol 1. 52, 61(2), 64, 67(2), 70(2), 73(3), 76(2), 82(3), 91, 94
Dangerous buildings 70, 88, 85
Housing 70 (3)
Dwelling house construction 70(3), 91
Analysis of revisions 88, 91, 95, 82, 94(3)
Supplement of changes 86, 87, 89, 96
Security code 94

Uniform Fire Code UFC
79, 88, 85
(LL) 82, 91, 94

CABO, One and Two Family Dwelling
71 (prior to "CABO" officially forming)
(LL) 86, 89
 
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