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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    As my wife and I embarked on our journey to fix up our 26 y

    As my wife and I embarked on our journey to fix up our 26 year old house, I realized the previous owners were not as maintenance savvy as we had hoped. The house looked great when we bought it and it still does, but as time wore on, we realized there were quite a few shortcomings with it. I’m pretty good when it comes to working on cars and other mechanical type stuff, but home improvement is something that I’ve never gotten into. After calling an electrician to get an estimate on fixing a double tapped circuit breaker in the main electrical box and being told the cost would be $525.00, we decided to go to the home improvement store and see what all would be involved in fixing it ourselves and picked up Black & Decker’s “The Complete Guide to Wiring – Fifth Edition so I could see if it was something I’d be able to do myself. Needless to say, the $2X.XX plus tax is definitely worth it. Not only did this book enable me to buy a new breaker for about $5.00 and install it, saving me $520.00 in the process, but I’ve become a circuit rewiring fool. This book has walked me step-by-step through the process of turning a single light switch in the garage controlling a single light (side garage entrance); into having two light switches with integral outlets in the same location. The second light switch controls a new circuit that I ran the conduit and wiring for, giving me an outlet outside the garage for a water feature. Both outlets by the light switches have power to them 24/7, and now the light outside is still controlled by a switch (as it was originally) and so is the new outlet outside of the garage. I just needed to make sure that the breaker controlling the original switch was on had enough carrying capacity for the new outlets that I installed, which it did. I also was able to relocate an outlet from floor level to counter height for a kitchen remodel project that I’m working on. That involved opening up the drywall and moving the electrical box from one stud to another and raising it about two feet. Off of that same outlet box, I’ve ran more electrical wire to another box that we installed so we’ll have three outlets on that wall instead of just two, which were 10 feet away from each other. We realized the previous owner used indoor wiring going to a pond water feature, so I reran that wiring with outdoor wiring and placed it in conduit like it should have been originally, instead of just unprotected wiring a couple inches underground. We’ve been able to run outdoor low voltage wiring about 200ft in order to provide good lighting for a flag pole that we installed. We’ve also done a few other electrical projects around the house, all thanks to “The Complete Guide to Wiring – Fifth Edition”. This book comes with the current 2011-2013 electrical codes and a DVD.
    As you can see by the chapters below that are included in this wonderful book, this book will show you everything you need to know in an easy to read and understand step-by-step process. Whether you just need to learn how to replace a bad three-way light socket in your favourite lamp, how to replace a “crackling” or sparking light switch, to how to upgrade from an old 60 amp main panel to a 200 amp panel, or rewire an entire room, you can’t go wrong with this book.
    The books chapters are:
    1. Introduction
    2. Basics of Wiring
    3. Working Safely with Wiring
    3.1 How Electricity Works
    3.2 Understanding Electrical Currents
    3.3 Grounding and Polarization
    3.4 Home Wiring Tools
    3.5 Wiring Safety
    4. Wire, Cable and Conduit
    4.1 Wire & Cable
    4.2 NM Cable
    4.3 Conduit
    4.4 Surface Mounted Wiring
    5. Boxes and Panel
    5.1 Electrical Boxes
    5.2 Installing Boxes
    5.3 Electrical Panels
    6. Switches
    6.1 Wall Switches
    6.2 Types of Wall Switches
    6.3 Specialty Switches
    6.4 Testing Switches
    7. Receptacles
    7.1 Types of Receptacles
    7.2 Receptacle Wiring
    7.3 GFCI Receptacles
    7.4 Testing Receptacles
    8. Wiring Projects
    9. Preliminary Work
    9.1 Planning Your Project
    9.2 Case Study: Attic Conversion
    9.3 Case Study: Kitchen Remodel
    10. Circuit Maps
    10.1 Common Household Circuits
    11. Common Wiring Projects
    11.1 GFCI and AFCI Breakers
    11.2 Whole House Surge Arrestors
    11.3 Service Panels
    11.4 Grounding and Bonding a Wiring System
    11.5 Subpanels
    11.6 120/240-Volt Dryer Receptacles
    11.7 120/240-Volt Range Receptacles
    11.8 Ceiling Lights
    11.9 Recessed Ceiling Lights
    11.10 Track Lights
    11.11 Under Cabinet Lights
    11.12 Vanity Lights
    11.13 Low-voltage Cable Lights
    11.14 Hard-wired Smoke and CO Detectors
    11.15 Landscape Lights
    11.16 Doorbells
    11.17 Programmable Thermostats
    11.18 Wireless Switches
    11.19 Baseboard Heaters
    11.20 Wall Heaters
    11.21 Underfloor Heat Systems
    11.22 Ceiling Fans
    11.23 Remote-control Ceiling Fan Retrofit
    11.24 Bathroom Vent Fans
    11.25 Range Hoods
    11.26 Backup Power Supply
    11.27 Installing a Transfer Switch
    11.28 Outbuilding
    11.29 Motion-Sensing Floodlights
    11.30 Standalone Solar Lighting System
    12. Repair Projects
    12.1 Repairing Light Fixtures
    12.2 Repairing Chandeliers
    12.3 Repairing Ceiling Fans
    12.4 Repairing Fluorescent Lights
    12.5 Replacing Plugs & Cords
    12.6 Replacing a Lamp Socket
    13. Appendix
    13.1 Home Electronics and Automation
    13.2 Common Mistakes
    13.3 Conversions
    13.4 Credits
    13.5 Index

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