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Overview

Whether you want to install a dimmer switch or wire a new addition to your house, you can safely do your own electrical repairs and replacements -- instead of calling in an electrician to do the job. Tackling a wide variety of electrical projects around the home is simple and safe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402710865
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 128

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 Home Electrical Systems
How Circuits Work 7
Common Electrical Terms 8
Wiring in a House 9
Parts of a Residential System 10
Service Panels 12
Grounding and Polarization 14
Working Safely with Electricity 16
Mapping Your Circuits 20
Chapter 2 Electrical Tools and Materials
General-Purpose Tools 23
Specialty Tools 25
Types of Wire 26
Types of Cable 28
Conduit and Connectors 30
Plastic Conduit and Boxes 33
Boxes--New Construction 34
Boxes--Existing Construction 35
Switches 36
Specialty Switches 38
Receptacles 40
GFCI Receptacles 42
Cover Plates 43
Connectors and Restraints 44
Fuses 45
Circuit Breakers 46
Service Panels and Switch Boxes 47
Chapter 3 Working with Wire, Cable, and Conduit
Stripping Wire 49
Cutting Wire and Cable 50
Preparing NM Cable 51
Joining Wire 53
Preparing Wires for Screw Terminals 54
Preparing Wires for Push-In Terminals 55
Connecting Cables to Boxes 56
Working with Armor-Clad Cable 58
Working with Conduit 60
Bending Conduit 62
Pulling Wire through Conduit 64
Surface-Mount Wiring 66
Chapter 4 Emergency Repairs
When a Breaker Trips 69
Replacing a Breaker 70
Replacing Blown Fuses 72
Replacing Cartridge Fuses 73
Repairing Frayed Cords 75
Replacing a Standard Plug 76
Installing a Quick-Connect Plug 79
Installing a Quick-Wire Plug 80
Installing a Heavy-Duty Plug 81
Testing Switches 83
Testing Receptacles 84
Testing GFCI Receptacles 85
Chapter 5 Working with Boxes, Receptacles, and Switches
Installing Boxes for Receptacles 87
Installing Boxes for Light Fixtures 89
Installing Boxes for Switches 90
Installing Boxes in Preexisting Walls 91
Common Receptacle Wiring 93
Replacing a Receptacle 94
Adding a GFCI Receptacle 96
Single-Pole Switch Wiring 98
3-Way Switch Wiring 99
4-Way Switch Wiring 100
Replacing a Single-Pole Switch 101
Replacing a 3-Way Switch 102
Installing a Dimmer Switch 103
Chapter 6 Lighting
Replacing an Incandescent Fixture 105
Replacing a Recessed Light 107
Replacing a Flourecent Fixture 109
Replacing a Ballast 112
Replacing Track Lighting 114
Chapter 7 Adding and Extending Circuits
Adding a New Receptacle 117
Running Cable through a Wall 120
Running Cable from Wall to Ceiling 121
Installing NM Cable in New Construction 122
Installing Conduit on Masonry Walls 124
Glossary 126
Index 128
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