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This classic reference on home wiring has been completely updated to reflect the most recent changes to the electrical code. New information on home generators, lightning and surge protection, and wiring "above code" has also been added.
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Overview

This classic reference on home wiring has been completely updated to reflect the most recent changes to the electrical code. New information on home generators, lightning and surge protection, and wiring "above code" has also been added.
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Midwest Book Review
Wiring a House focuses on safety and long-term durability alike, telling how to work with both new and old construction. An invaluable guide.
Library Journal
Electricity is one of the least understood yet most important aspects of do-it-yourself building and renovation. Used safely, it allows us to enjoy a life of convenience, but when its basic rules are violated it can destroy one's home. A master electrician, building inspector, and licensed general contractor, Cauldwell shows how to properly use electricity in this revision of his 1996 text. Starting with electricity's basics, he then explains tools of all types, shows how and where electricity enters the house, and explains grounding (which is vital for safety). Proceeding through the house, Cauldwell demonstrates how to wire both new construction and renovations and to install receptacles, switches, fixtures, and wired-in appliances. Important safety information is provided, including ground-fault circuit interrupters, lightning, and surge protection. Finally, Cauldwell gives instructions for wiring "Above Code," his system of wiring that exceeds the minimum standards required by the electrical code and results in a safer, higher-quality installation. This title does an outstanding job of explaining an area of perennial confusion for do-it-yourselfers. Recommended for every collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561585274
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: For Pros By Pros Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

A third generation tradesperson, Cauldwell is both a master electrician and master plumber. Cauldwell has an A.A.S. degree in Electronic Engineering and his books "Wiring a House" and "Inspecting a House" are popular industry standards. He is also the author of "For Pros by Pros: Plumbing."

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Residential Electricity 4
Ch. 2 Tools of the Trade 28
Ch. 3 The Service Entrance 46
Ch. 4 The Main Panel 62
Ch. 5 Grounding 74
Ch. 6 The Wiring System 90
Ch. 7 Fuses and Circuit Breakers 112
Ch. 8 Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters 124
Ch. 9 Receptacles and Boxes 134
Ch. 10 Switches 166
Ch. 11 Wiring Fixtures 182
Ch. 12 Wiring Appliances 200
Index 219
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    The best book for beginning (and advanced) DIYers

    I checked 6-7 books out of the library on home electrical work before undertaking a major rewiring task. I spent a good deal of time familiarizing myself with all of the books, and this one was far and away the most useful. So useful that it was the only one I checked out the second time around, and now I'm going to buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    The best!

    I wired my entire house using this bookk as much as I used my hammer, screwdrivers, and circuit tester. Rex (I feel like I know him) gave tons of useful information and helpful hints. Even installing a new service drop, main and subpanel, AFCI and GFCIs, spa service, etc., I passed all inspections without a glitch and I am not an electrician. This volume is the best.

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