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1. Home Electrical Improvements (Audel
2. Easi-bild Simplifies Electrical
3. Home Improvement- Electrical Contractor
4. Black & Decker Basic Wiring
5. Electrical Repairs Simplified
6. Homeowner's guide to electrical
7. Easi-bild simplifies electrical
8. Electrical Installations McCall's
9. Home Improvement Project &
10. Farm and home improvement handbook;:
11. The Complete Guide to Home Wiring:
12. Basic Wiring (Home Repair and
13. Code Check Electrical: An Illustrated
14. Green Home Improvement
15. Home Improvement Guide: Do-It-Yourself
16. Code Check Electrical: A Field
17. Advanced Wiring (Home Repair and
18. Electricity (Home Improvement)
19. Black & Decker Advanced Home
20. Wiring Simplified: Based on the

1. Home Electrical Improvements (Audel mini-guide)
by Louis M. Dezettel
 Paperback: 95 Pages (1975-07)
list price: US$0.99 -- used & new: US$5.95
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Asin: 0672238233
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2. Easi-bild Simplifies Electrical Repairs (home improvement library)
by donald r brann
Paperback: Pages (1973)

Asin: B002297L4K
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3. Home Improvement- Electrical Contractor Business Plan Bundle (Sample Business Plan, Template, Guide, Worksheets, and More.)
by Printedtree Publishing
CD-ROM: Pages (2007)

Asin: B000VKZG30
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Easily create a professional electrical home improvement contractor business plan with this bundle. Great for a start-up electrical home improvement contractor business or existing electrical home improvement contractor business. This bundle offers you everything you need including a Sample plan, A business plan template to quickly create, edit, and print an professional formatted business plan, Step-by-step business plan guide to walk you through the processes of creating a business plan one step at a time, A Business plan presentation template, Financial worksheets covering cash flow, profit and loss, sales forecast, cost of goods, break even and market analysis for your business, Essential business forms, sales letters, necessary business letters, and legal forms, and a resource directory featuring contact information of businesses, professionals, and public sources for more help. ... Read more

4. Black & Decker Basic Wiring & Electrical Repair
by Editors of Creative Publishing
Paperback: 128 Pages (1991-01-01)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$43.29
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Asin: 0865737150
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Basic Wiring & Electrical Repairs is a complete guide tofixing and maintaining your home's electrical system.Clear, conciselanguage and hundreds of close-up, color photographs lead you throughevery step of the repair process.Throughout this book, your safetyis given first consideration.You'll discover that home electricalprojects are safe, easy, and satisfying.In addition, you can savehundreds of dollars over the cost of hiring a professionalelectrician.

All of the diagrams, photos and instructions comply with coderequirements and safety guidelines.There are over 475 color photosthat leave nothing to the imagination.Each detailed project givesyou a list of tools and materials you'll need to do the job right.We've even included some of the most common electrical code violationsand potential problems that may be found in household electricalsystems, especially older ones.

This book is like having a professional electrician at your side toguide you through your projects and to point out problems that mightnot be readily apparent to the average homeowner. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars House Hold Basic Wiring
Excellent book on Household wiring covers all the basic requirements. Safety, Outlets, 4-way switches, running cable etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book for the DIYer
This book is great for the do-it-yourself homeowner that needs to gain a good understanding of wiring and electrical repairs

5-0 out of 5 stars Very help Full
This Book can help the do it yourself person to do the easy tasks around the house. I found it very detailed and very well writen. The pictures were great to.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Provides good basic knowledge of Electrical Wiring and Repairs based on US wiring requirements. Similar book based on New Zealandor British standards requirements would definitely be an advantage to follow up on local receptacles

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent illustrations
I think the photography is what makes this book. As a layman, one could care less about the technical jargon, but a visually engaging format makes simple repairs .. well.. simple! ... Read more

5. Electrical Repairs Simplified (Easi-bild home improvement library ; 694)
by Donald R. Brann
 Paperback: 134 Pages (1977-06)
list price: US$7.95 -- used & new: US$185.07
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Asin: 0877336946
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6. Homeowner's guide to electrical wiring (Successful home improvement series)
by Larry Mueller
 Paperback: 96 Pages (1981)
-- used & new: US$6.00
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Asin: 0824961080
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7. Easi-bild simplifies electrical repairs, (Easi-bild home improvement library, 694)
by Donald R Brann
 Unknown Binding: 98 Pages (1973)

Asin: B0006C06HY
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8. Electrical Installations McCall's (Home Repair and Improvement Series)
 Unknown Binding: 48 Pages (1978)
-- used & new: US$4.00
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Asin: 083262229X
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9. Home Improvement Project & Repairs (Basic Plumbing and Electrical Know-how, Walls & Ceilings, Floor Repairs) (Black & Decker Home Improvement Library)
by Black & Decker
 Paperback: Pages (1000)

Asin: B001TJUL6O
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10. Farm and home improvement handbook;: Selection and operation of electrical equipment and other utilities
by Ralph L Ricketts
 Unknown Binding: 60 Pages (1950)

Asin: B0007FTDBU
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11. The Complete Guide to Home Wiring: A Comprehensive Manual, from Basic Repairs to Advanced Projects (Black & Decker Home Improvement Library; U.S. Edition)
by The Editors of Creative Publishing international
Paperback: 304 Pages (2001-03)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$9.12
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Asin: 0865734291
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Few homeowners will ever need another wiring book.Wiring is a subject matter that makes most homeowners nervous, but in reality, most wiring repairs and installations are simple, especially for readers working with this book in hand.In 304 pages and with more than 600 color photos, this book covers just about any wiring project a reader is likely to tackle - from replacing a broken appliance plug to rewiring an entire home.

This is an updated version of one of America's best-selling wiring books.The new version is critical because it includes current code requirements.Amazon.com Review
One of the most daunting endeavors for any would-bedo-it-yourselfer is dealing with the electrical--namely, electricalrepairs, improvements, and wiring and rewiring projects. The reasonfor this is simple: mistakes can cause fires, major disasters andexpense, and even death. But anyone can learn about safe and correctwiring in order to complete repairs or add new wiring to an aging andinadequate system. This is the book to show you how, from the basicsof how electricity works and simple repairs and projects, all the wayto complicated rewiring you might otherwise assume must be done by aprofessional. Included are the most up-to-date electrical coderequirements; guides to evaluating, planning, and installing newelectrical circuits; repair advice on switches, receptacles, andfixtures; and a detailed and well-illustrated lighting designsection. A total of 288 pages of hundreds of illustrations andphotographs and a comprehensive reference index make this an idealbook for the beginner, and an up-to-date refresher course for theprofessional. --Mark A. Hetts ... Read more

Customer Reviews (89)

5-0 out of 5 stars Black & Decker wiring guide
This book is saving me a lot of money.I dont hook up to electrical boxes but I do the inbetween stuff and have an electrician look it all over and hook up for me.It is very thorough and it has helped me identify electrical mistakes in my house from the previous occupants, such as reversed polarity on outlets which I was changing over to GFCI. This book is an excellent addition to any homeowners library and very much worth the 17 bucks. I live in an older house and I have had this book for a while now. It gets referenced every time I need to do electrical work. Even if I feel comfortable with what I am doing I still reference the sections pertaining to what I am doing just to make sure I am doing it right.

2-0 out of 5 stars NO USE FOR THE UK
Very disapointing as I didn't recognise any of the diagrams and looks like it was written for the USA/CANADIAN market NOT the UK.
This book is is of no use to me unfortunately, and would like to return it, if I knew how.

4-0 out of 5 stars Instructor
I am a Master Electrician and teach a class in Residential Wiring and I am always looking for good referance materials.This book has the best pictorials and easies reading that I have seen for a coule of years.I work basically with adults and they are finding the book helpful even after the class is completed.The book is clear and concise the chapters are well written.The only down side to the book is there are still items in the books both physical and written that do not meet or follow the 2008 NEC as advertized.The pictures are and can be misleading and the verbage can be also. None of the problems fall into the serious realm where someone can be hurt but they are just not the approved method of doing things today.

All in all the book is worth the money and the time that is takes to read it.It is easy to follow as I told the class that even a cave man can do it. I will purchase it or the next edition again.


Larry Fadden

5-0 out of 5 stars Home Wiring
This product is exactly what I thought it would be. I was looking for a basic book on home wiring. This covered everything that I wanted it to, and then some. It's also a great reference with all of the full color photos so I am able to see what my wiring is supposed to look like.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this one!
Whether your a novice or advanced in electrical this is a great reference.Always make sure you check with local building codes and if you do not feel comforatable with working with electric than leave it to a professional.However, if you have this book you will gain the knowledge you seek to get the job done.Good luck with you project. ... Read more

12. Basic Wiring (Home Repair and Improvement)
by Time Life Books
 Hardcover: 127 Pages (1989-06)
list price: US$11.95 -- used & new: US$0.01
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Asin: 0809473623
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Customer Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars home improvement
educational, good addition to non-profit groups home improvement library, reasonable price, satisfactory shipping and delivery

3-0 out of 5 stars OK book
Its just OK...you'll need another book to feel comfortable enoug to do actual electrical work

2-0 out of 5 stars Too little information
Basic Wiring was and is a major disappointment.
Much of the 128 pages are dedicated to pictorials of electrical components.
The photographs are of high quality, but who wants to know what the"face plate of a manual timer switch" looks like?
That took up half a page.
Too basic to help any one but the totally uninformed.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent for beginners
This is easily the best basic introduction I've seen.Clear, well-illustrated, neither assuming prior experience nor treating the reader as a dummy, it can take you from Zero to rewiring branch circuits with confidence and safety.

I really can't recommend it highly enough! I already had experience, but picked up useful bits from it, and have loaned a copy to several friends.

The T/L Home Repair and Improvement series is good in general (more than I can say for most series), but especially this volume.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference.
I had done some wiring before I got this book, but I wanted a reference that I could use if there was something that I was at all unsure of. Once I got the book, I was very pleased with all the handy hints and illustrations. Definitely worth having it around if you're a novice electrician. ... Read more

13. Code Check Electrical: An Illustrated Guide to Wiring a Safe House, 4th Edition
by Redwood Kardon, Douglas Hansen, Michael Casey mon
Spiral-bound: 29 Pages (2006-02-01)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$5.57
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Asin: 1561587389
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"Code Check Electrical, 4th edition," outlines the principles behind the various accepted electrical codes and provides information on the code requirements for all types of residential electrical systems. It is cross-referenced to the most recent National Electrical Code.
The "Code Check" series is one of Taunton's most successful book lines, selling over 400,000 copies. Spiral bound, with durable laminated pages, the books in this series are designed to be used on-site for quick reference, ensuring that all jobs meet the highest safety standards while drastically reducing code violation call-backs. The "Code Check" series is endorsed by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO)
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Customer Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars missing basic info
Basic Question:How many convenience outlets can you put on one 20 amp circuit?The guide doesn't have that very necessary practical info., so I am unimpressed

5-0 out of 5 stars Residential Wiring
I like code check electrical book 2005 because it has only 30 pages
yet it has over 500 residential code article with picture excellent
residential code book good for studying for test . great picture
now the 2008 is not as good as 2005 because they took out 25 of the
best picture in the book. they took out motor calculation big issue
in electrical work. I use this in my residential classes , a
residential electrician is much different then commercial electrician
has to know over 500 residential code rules to pass their job.
John Hall , Instructor - Inspector

3-0 out of 5 stars Some good some useless
Some good reference material (it is only 30 pages).Some of it references NEC which means you are lost unless you have code book available.The 4th edition is for the 2005 code.Good chart for conduit fill.Not sure how much the page on swimming pool lighting gets used.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Reference
I am not an electrician but as a licensed builder and home inspector I find the various Code Check's (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc) to be outstanding references, and the illustrations are a great help. Contrary to another rating comment, all the Code Checks I have do identify the particular code and year, either on the front cover or in the introduction. Anyone who pounds a nail or shops the electrical section at the local "big box" store should have copies of Code Check. Homeowners are notorious for saying (especially with electrical repairs) "Well that's the way my father taught me." Times and codes have changed and Code Check will keep you up to date and SAFE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great info
Excellent information. I also liked the hard cover pages to keep from getting damaged. Very easy to understand also. ... Read more

14. Green Home Improvement
by PhD Daniel D. Chiras
Kindle Edition: Pages (2008-06-05)
list price: US$24.95
Asin: B002EEP87U
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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NEW! Over 65 green home improvement projects that will save energy, cut utility bills, boost home comfort, and help the environment.

Expert advice helps you zero in on the most do-able, highest payback green projects for your home.

Everyone is talking about “green” living — and there are a lot of good reasons to go green. Fuel costs are skyrocketing. Water shortages are spreading. Natural resources are being depleted. Illness is increasingly linked to building materials.

Here are 65 projects you can do – many of them yourself and at low cost – that will make a difference in your living expenses, health, and comfort – and help the environment.

This book, written by a leading authority and consultant to the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green Network, makes it easy to choose the improvements that will mean the most to you and your home. You’ll see – at a glance – what each project involves, how much it costs and what the benefits are.

Projects include:

Flooring, paint, cabinetry, and countertops
Windows and doors
Insulation and weather-stripping
Roofing and siding
High-efficiency heating and cooling systems
Radon testing
Efficient lighting, appliances and plumbing fixtures – including Energy Star and WaterSense models
Solar electric and water heating systems
Plusses and minuses of wood and pellet stoves and fireplace inserts, and green choices for patios, decks, walkways, driveways, pools, landscaping… and much more.

Some improvements cost less than $5 – or nothing at all except a few minutes of your time. For professional installations, you’ll get cost estimates from RSMeans, the nation’s leading construction cost authority, to help you plan, budget, and prioritize.

Protect your family’s health by improving your home’s air quality, making life better for anyone with allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivities. And increase your home’s value with green improvements that command higher selling prices in a tight real estate market.

Includes more than 100 “Go Green” tips – super-quick, easy, often low- or no-cost things you can do right now to make your home and lifestyle greener.

You also get guidance for building a new home or addition – and practical advice on the best green products.

About the Author
Dan Chiras, nationally known green building expert, has published 23 books and hundreds of articles on green design and construction. A consultant to the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green Network, Dan also teaches at universities and advises homeowners, architects, and builders throughout the country. He carried out many of this book’s projects in building his own green home, featured in numerous magazines and on NBC “Nightly News.”

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5-0 out of 5 stars Unique Home Improvement Book
I really liked this book! I've read my share of home improvement books, but this one is special, not only because of its "green" focus, but also because it tells you what these improvements cost and what they will save you. ... Read more

15. Home Improvement Guide: Do-It-Yourself for the Best Value
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-08-10)
list price: US$0.99
Asin: B003Z4K1WA
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Book for the Kindle: Home Improvement Guide: Do-It-Yourself for the Best Value

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16. Code Check Electrical: A Field Guide to Wiring a Safe House
by Redwood Kardon
Paperback: 32 Pages (1999-05-01)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$4.79
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Asin: 1561582905
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This volume picks up where the original Code Check leaves off and expands on the electrical code section. Code Check Electrical clarifies the principles behind the electrical codes to ensure safety and prevent unnecessary violations. It also explains why electrical codes call for certain specifications.Amazon.com Review
In the mind-boggling confusion of electrical codes, Redwood Kardon, abuilding inspector for the city of Oakland, California, has pulled togethera comprehensive manual, more a tool than a book per se. Code Check Electrical offersthe straight dope on electrical codes in easy-to-understandlanguage, with a clearly organized flip-chart format that has a durable finish for use in the field.

For builders, building inspectors, or homeowners who want to do someelectrical work safely and up to current codes, this is aninvaluable tool for understanding what the electrical codes are, why theyare important, and how to make sure electrical work is done assafely as current science and common sense allow. There is an amazingamount of useful and easily understandable information in this diminutive manual. --Mark A. Hetts ... Read more

Customer Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars Cliff's Notes for the NEC
A well written self explanatory check list for the experienced electrician.This is not a "how to" book and it will be of little help if you're a "do it your selfer" with little or no electrical experience or training.However; if you're a working professional this is an invaluable guide that will pay for itself on the first day you have it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Code Check Series Will Save You Pain
The Code Check series (via Ben Franklin) keep you out of trouble or at least make you double check your plans.There's a surprising amount of information in these laminated reference guides but, be sure to double check with your local codes too.

5-0 out of 5 stars I use this often
Easy to use, very practical stuff. Gets right to the heart of the matter. I am a professional and use the Code Check books often.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top Quality and consistant
As usual the book is top quality and invaluable in my profession. Peter Walker, Building Inspector 22 years.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
Excellent knowledge base for the DIY and pro.This series of books will show you everything you need to know to do it right the first time and pass those crucial inspections. ... Read more

17. Advanced Wiring (Home Repair and Improvement (Updated Series))
Hardcover: 128 Pages (1998-03)
list price: US$14.95
Isbn: 0783539185
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Gah..Another Time life book
I bought too many of these, because clearly I like them.Good for beginners and stuff.

1-0 out of 5 stars Advanced Wiring
I bought this book for the purpose of upgrading my 100amp fuse panel to a 200amp breaker panel.Well advanced should not be the title of this book,it should be 1 step above basic.Its got a few fair pictures (drawings) of two guys installing the panel,installing a mast,drilling a whole through the wall , and installing the meter base, but it really only has about one (1)
paragraph on each of these subjects.Its not detailed ,maybe if it had 20 pages on each step or even 5.And it also includes installing cable for cable tv (a whole chapter).
If you need to know the basics covered in this book, call an electrican please , changing or upgrading your service will not be possible with this book alone. And 100 amps can very easily kill you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Advanced Wiring
I recently changed my circuit breaker from a screw in fuse to push button terminal. I also wired protected circuits in all my bathrooms.After that, I installed dimmer switches in my living room for lights and ceiling fans. What can I say, this book showed me what I needed, and how to do it andwithout being nervous working with electricity. ... Read more

18. Electricity (Home Improvement)
by Smithmark Publishing
 Hardcover: Pages (1992-05)
list price: US$7.98 -- used & new: US$4.99
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Asin: 0831746262
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19. Black & Decker Advanced Home Wiring
by Editors of Creative Publishing
Paperback: 128 Pages (1992-03-01)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$1.79
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Asin: 0865737193
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This Best Seller shows how to install electrical circuitsanywhere in your home.It includes dozens of color circuit maps thatmeet current electrical code requirements.Follow the easyinstructions and more than 350 step-by-step photos that leave nothingto chance.

You'll begin by learning how to plan your project properly.You'llunderstand how your home is wired, determine your electrical needs andcapacities, and learn the basic principles behind wiring.This bookwill help you pass the final inspection and save money along the way.Advanced Home Wiring takes the mystery out of installing new circuitsand will be a great reference book for your bookshelf or job site. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (16)

1-0 out of 5 stars Black & Decker Advanced Home Wiring: Updated 2nd Edition, Run New Circuits, Install Outdoor Wiring
It has some usefull info but, If you get Complete wiring by Black & Decker it already has all that, another words this book is a small portion of the complete book for almost the same price, identical material, so by the complete book for extra 5 dollars. I am telling you thhis because I did buy them both, just to find out that I wasted time and money. I will give it one star only because I want you to know about it. ( people like to read 1 star reviews ) other than that, there is nothing wrong with this book...

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
This electrical home repair book is really great.It shows you how to really get the job done, by using pictures and diagrams of electrical jobs that even a "dummy" can do.

Grumpops in montana

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book gives very good details on how to do things and shows you to. Very well writen and the pictures are great. Makes wiring a home very easy.

4-0 out of 5 stars somewhat advanced
This has good information, although not greatly different from what is found in the complete guide...

3-0 out of 5 stars Same information different book.
90% of the information from this book was published in The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement by Black and Decker. If you are going to spend the money just get the Complete Photo Guide instead of this book. ... Read more

20. Wiring Simplified: Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code
by H. P. Richter, W. C. Schwan, F.P. Hartwell
Paperback: 243 Pages (2002-01-28)
list price: US$10.95 -- used & new: US$1.00
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Asin: 096032948X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Detailing how to apply National Electrical Code rules in completing safe, convenient, and economical wiring installations, this handy fit-in-a-toolbox wiring manual has been used with success by generations of both professional and do-it-yourselfer readers, providing the confidence to tackle wiring jobs small and large, from repairing a table lamp to wiring a whole house or farm. Revised and completely updated every three years to conform to the current National Electric Code and the latest trade practices, it is organized into four parts to guide the reader through a range of wiring jobs. Featured are such basics as standards, codes, safety practices, arrangement of circuits, and a description of how electricity is measured and delivered. Also included are revised illustrations and detailed chapters on wires, circuits, grounding, installing service equipment, and special wiring situations, such as home computer network wiring. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Value for Beginners
I recently purchased this (slightly outdated) edition of the book.I don't expect that there were any major changes as far as safety goes in the newest edition.This book contains far more information in a smaller format than any of the several other basic wiring books i have purchased.It also builds from the ground up as far as knowledge goes, and it is based on the national electric code, so you can be sure it is well thought out.it also omits many things from the NEC which homeowners would probably find extraneous, yet directs readers to the proper section of the code for more obscure and in depth items.

5-0 out of 5 stars Become an amateur wiring pro!
I bought my first edition of this book when I was building a workshop in our basement. I had done minor electrical work before (replacing light switches, installing one extension outlet in an existing circuit), so this job was rather daunting since it involved putting in a subpanel and 110 and 220V circuits. I happened upon this book at the local home center.

What I found was a treasure trove of information on every conceivable subject that would probably come up in wiring a house. And it takes you from ground zero, not even assuming you know what volts or amps are. The topics include: codes, planning, basics of electricity, all about wire (want to know the difference between NM, NMC, THHN, and EF? it's in the book!), ampacity, grounding, the service entrance, outlet/switch boxes (including a great section on calculating box sizes), wiring procedures, outdoor wiring/conduit, modernizing old wiring, applicances, and a number of special situations (motors, farms, etc). In the later editions, it also includes what I believe is a new section on low-voltage wiring. Since what I am doing now is building a deck, this will be very useful. (I'm on my second copy of the book.)

What's more, it's clearly laid out, easy to read, and everything references back to the NEC itself. It is truly as the editorial review above states, like having a "tiny electrician on your bookshelf." The author also updates it every 3 years, since the code changes that often. (Note that it's now on the 41st edition.)

Now, you won't find all kinds of beautiful color pictures in here. It's a basic book. It does have lots of diagrams and line drawings (at least one per page), plus a relatively small number of black-and-white photos. But I don't find this a problem at all, and it no doubt keeps the cost down. It's also very small: not shirt-pocket sized, but very small and portable nonetheless.

I think the best testimony to this book are two comments made by the electrical inspector. First, as he was doing the final inspection, I mentioned that I had made a change inside the wall since the rough inspection, so I could pull back the wall for him to take a look. He said it wasn't necessary: he could see the kind of work I did and he trusted me. Then, the inspector said "If all homeowners knew as much as you know, I'd be out of a job."

Pretty good, considering that I came into this job knowing almost nothing about house wiring. And I owe most of what I know to this little book. Get it!

5-0 out of 5 stars It took the mystery out of electricity
I was terrified of electricity, so much so I had to have an electrician friend come over to the house to change an outlet.It was mysterious and it hurt.Then we moved into a ninety year old home, with old knob and post wiring (which was not too bad) and the most awful retro-wiring I had ever seen.On the first evening in our new house, we plugged in our coffee pot and dishwasher only to be greeted with a brilliant flash of electricity followed by total darkness.The circuits were so bad, we could not plug in more than one appliance per circuit.It was obvious that I was going to have to get over my fear of electricity if we were going to live in that house.

An elderly parishioner loaned his copy of Wiring Simplified.It was from the 1930s, perhaps a first edition, but it taught me how to wire circuits, figure amperage and keep my house from burning down.Since then, I have purchased an updated editions and have wired three-way switches, installed fixtures and added new circuits.If this country preacher can do it, so can you.This book is simply the best, it took the mystery out of electrity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lean and Mean, with all the basics you want!
This book perfectly meets my needs for a 'cliff notes' type of electrical summary and reference covering all the common and general applications and concerns. This book offers the most practical material I've found published to date on this subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wiring Simplified
My father bought me my first copy of this book over 20 years ago and he bought his further back than that. Ever since we never miss a revised edition, we both look foward to the new one and use it. It is well written and easy to follow. We both went from amateur to professional electricians on this book. So if you know alot or a little about electricity, this is a must have. ... Read more

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