Basic Wiring: Pro Tips and Simple Steps

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Basic repairs and replacement techniques, such as how to rewire lamps, replace switches, and install a ceiling fan.

For both novice and experts alike, an authoritative wiring guide, from one of the most recognized and trusted names in home improvement, covers basic repairs and replacement techniques, from rewiring lamps and replacing switches to installing a ceiling fan.

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Overview

Basic repairs and replacement techniques, such as how to rewire lamps, replace switches, and install a ceiling fan.

For both novice and experts alike, an authoritative wiring guide, from one of the most recognized and trusted names in home improvement, covers basic repairs and replacement techniques, from rewiring lamps and replacing switches to installing a ceiling fan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780696213199
  • Publisher: Meredith Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Stanley Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 806,925
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Assembling Tools & Materials 4
Working safely 6
Turning off power 8
Tools 10
Materials 12
Understanding Electrical Systems 14
Understanding circuits 16
How circuits are grounded, polarized 18
The house ground 19
Service entrance and meter 20
Receptacles 22
Switches 23
Inspecting Boxes & Wires 24
Surface inspection 26
Service panels 30
Opening boxes 32
Junction boxes and subpanels 34
Wire, cord, and cable 35
Inspecting boxes 36
Grounding 38
Difficult wiring configurations 39
Mastering Skills & Techniques 40
Testing 42
Stripping and splicing wire 44
Joining wire to a terminal 46
Mapping and indexing circuits 48
Repairing Lights & Cords 50
Changing lightbulbs 52
When a circuit overloads 53
Plugs and cord switches 54
Lamp sockets and switches 56
Rewiring a lamp 58
Fluorescents 60
Chandelier repairs 62
New dryer cord 64
Repairing wiring in a box 65
Connecting Switches & Receptacles 66
Problems with cover plates 68
Replacing a single-pole switch 69
Replacing a three-way switch 70
Installing a dimmer switch 71
Special-duty switches 72
Combination switches 74
Replacing a receptacle 75
GFCI protection 76
Surge protection 77
Raceway wiring 78
Installing Lights & Fans 80
Choosing lights 82
Flush-mounted lights 84
Fluorescents 86
Pendant lights 88
Track lights 89
Ceiling fan box 92
Ceiling fan 94
Motion-sensor outdoor light 97
Wiring Low-Voltage Projects 98
Undercabinet lights 100
Euro-style halogen lights 102
Low-voltage outdoor lights 104
Repairing a door chime 106
Wall-mounted stereo speakers 109
TV cable 110
Thermostats 112
Phone lines 113
Glossary 116
Index 118
Metric Conversions 120
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