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Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th Edition: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codesby Editors of CPi
The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring has been America's best-selling consumer wiring book for more than a decade, with previous editions selling more than 1 million copies. This fifth edition has been updated to comply with 2011-2013 National Electrical Codes. It also includes all-new information on solar electricity, grounding an upgraded/i>… See more details below
The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring has been America's best-selling consumer wiring book for more than a decade, with previous editions selling more than 1 million copies. This fifth edition has been updated to comply with 2011-2013 National Electrical Codes. It also includes all-new information on solar electricity, grounding an upgraded electrical service system, emergency back-up electrical power and much more. A bonus computer/smartphone link takes you to 60 minutes of how-to video featuring common home wiring projects.
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I bought this book 7months ago couldnt access about 6 chapters. B&N Took it out of circulation waiting on a fix. Saw that it was back avalible so I purchased it again. Guess what same problems. I though that after first ptoblem B&N would have proof read what they are selling. A shame as the book is one of the best for the novice looking for help with basic electrical projects. Untill they get it fixed dont buy.
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