The Complete Guide to Home Wiring

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865734296
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Black and Decker Outdoor Home Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Electricity Basics
Understanding Electricity 6
Electricity & Safety 8
Your Electrical System 10
Parts of the Electrical System 12
Understanding Circuits 14
Grounding & Polarization 16
Tools for Electrical Repairs 19
Wiring Basics
Wires & Cables 21
Service Panels 26
Fuses & Circuit Breakers 28
Mapping Circuits & Indexing the Service Panel 30
Evaluating Circuits for Safe Capacity 34
Electrical Boxes 36
Installing an Electrical Box 38
Replacing an Electrical Box 40
Wall Switches
Common Wall-switch Problems 42
Wall-switch Basics 44
Single-pole Wall Switches 45
Three-way Wall Switches 46
Four-way Wall Switches 47
Double Switches 48
Pilot-light Switches 49
Switch/receptacles 49
Specialty Switches 50
Testing Switches for Continuity 52
Fixing & Replacing Wall Switches 56
Dimmer Switches 60
Receptacles
Common Receptacle Problems 62
Receptacle Wiring 64
Basic Types of Receptacles 66
Older Receptacles 67
High-voltage Receptacles 68
Childproof Receptacles & Other Accessories 69
Testing Receptacles for Power, Grounding & Polarity 70
Repairing & Replacing Receptacles 72
GFCI Receptacles 74
Light Fixtures
Repairing & Replacing Incandescent Light Fixtures 78
Repairing & Replacing Recessed Light Fixtures 83
Repairing Chandeliers 86
Repairing Track Lights 88
Repairing & Replacing Fluorescent Lights 90
Replacing a Plug 96
Replacing a Lamp Socket 98
Miscellaneous
Fixing & Replacing Doorbells 100
Fixing & Replacing Thermostats 106
Repairing Electric Baseboard Heater 114
Repairing Wall-mounted Electric Heater 116
Home Telephone System 118
Inspector's Notebook 122
Service Panel Inspection 123
Inspecting the Grounding Jumper Wire 123
Common Cable Problems 124
Checking Wire Connections 126
Electrical Box Inspection 128
Common Electrical Cord Problems 130
Inspecting Receptacles & Switches 132
Evaluating Old Wiring 134
Wiring Project Basics
Planning a Wiring Project 138
1. Examine Your Main Service 140
2. Learn about Codes & Common Electrical Code Requirements 141
3. Prepare for Inspections 146
4. Evaluate Electrical Loads 148
5. Draw a Wiring Diagram & Get a Permit 152
Circuit Maps for 26 Common Wiring Layouts 154
Wiring Installation Basics
Tools, Materials & Techniques 168
Electrical Boxes for Projects 170
Installing Electrical Boxes 172
Wires & Cables for Projects 176
Installing NM Cable 178
Conduit 184
Wiring a Laundry with Conduit 188
Circuit Breaker Panels 190
Connecting Circuit Breakers 192
Installing a Subpanel 194
Advanced Wiring Projects
Wiring a Room Addition 198
Wiring a Room Addition: Construction View 200
Wiring a Room Addition: Diagram View 202
1. Plan the Circuits 204
2. Install Boxes & Cables 206
Installing a Vent Fan 208
Installing Electrical Fixtures 212
Installing Track Lighting 214
Installing Telephone & Cable Television Wiring 216
3. Make Final Connections 218
Wiring a Remodeled Kitchen 227
Wiring a Remodeled Kitchen: Construction View 229
Wiring a Remodeled Kitchen: Diagram View 231
1. Plan the Circuits 232
2. Install Boxes & Cables 234
3. Make Final Connections 238
Installing a Vent Hood 244
Installing Outdoor Wiring 248
Installing Outdoor Wiring: Cutaway View 250
Installing Outdoor Wiring: Diagram View 252
1. Plan the Circuit 254
2. Dig Trenches 256
3. Install Boxes & Conduit 258
4. Install UF Cable 262
5. Make Final Connections 264
Low-voltage Outdoor Lighting 268
Home Network Wiring Systems
Introduction 272
Installing a Home Network System 274
Distribution Center 274
Distribution Modules 275
Cables & Wires 276
Multimedia Outlets & Accessories 277
Assessing Needs 278
Determining Locations 279
Preparing Multimedia Outlets 280
Mounting the Distribution Center 282
Routing Cables & Wires 284
Installing an Audio System 286
Terminating Connectors 288
Making Final Connections 290
Testing the System & Troubleshooting Problems 292
Home Automation 294
Conversion Chart 296
Index 297
Resources 302
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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    great book for home owners

    this is a great book for home ownwers who would like to try to do some work on thier own. very clear text and pics to help you along with the job.good enough to keep you out of trouble doing the work.

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