Wiring Step-by-Step

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Step-by-step format provides wiring basics for beginners and reassurance on complex projects for more experienced DIYers.

Detailed, easy-to-follow format and photos help homeowners learn wiring techniques and electrical safety.

Includes projects to rewire lamps, install switched fans, add circuits, repair cords, install security systems, and...

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Overview

Step-by-step format provides wiring basics for beginners and reassurance on complex projects for more experienced DIYers.

Detailed, easy-to-follow format and photos help homeowners learn wiring techniques and electrical safety.

Includes projects to rewire lamps, install switched fans, add circuits, repair cords, install security systems, and more.

No-nonsense resource outlines practical advice, code requirements, and product recommendations for replacement and new installation.

Projects list materials, time, skills, and tools needed.

Homeowners who gain confidence with this book can save money and increase home values.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780696221071
  • Publisher: Meredith Books
  • Publication date: 8/10/2004
  • Series: Better Homes and Gardens Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Planning for Lighting 6
Lighting for Living Areas 8
Lighting for Kitchens 10
Lighting for Bathrooms 12
Outdoor Living 14
Getting to Know Your System 16
Shutting Off Power 18
Opening Electrical Boxes 19
Using Testers 20
How Circuits Work 22
Service Panels 24
Grounding and Polarization 26
Switch and Receptacle Wiring 27
Inspecting Your Home's Wiring 29
Problems with Older Systems 32
Household Circuits 34
Mapping Your Circuits 35
Troubleshooting and Repairs 36
Replacing Plugs and Cords 38
Installing Quick-Connect Plugs 40
Rewiring Lamps 42
Checking Incandescent Fixtures 43
Troubleshooting Fluorescent Fixtures 44
Testing and Replacing Switches 46
Testing and Replacing Receptacles 48
Adding Surge Protection 50
Troubleshooting Circuit Breakers 51
Troubleshooting Fuses 52
Repairing or Replacing Doorbells 53
Replacing Chime Units 55
Troubleshooting Thermostats 56
Wiring Improvements 58
Changing Light Bulbs 60
Hanging Ceiling Fixtures 62
Installing Track Lighting 64
Hanging Euro-Style Lights 66
Recessed Canister Lights 68
Adding Wall Sconces 70
Adding Undercabinet Lighting 71
Installing Undercabinet Lighting 72
Installing Special Switches 74
Choosing GFCI Devices 76
Installing GFCI Devices 77
Adding Surface-Mounted Wiring 78
Installing a Fan-Rated Ceiling Box 80
Installing a Ceiling Fan 82
Installing Telephone and TV Wiring 84
Wiring a Ceiling Fixture 86
Wiring Two Ceiling Fixtures 87
Wiring Separate Switches 88
Wiring Three-Way Switches 89
Wiring Three-Ways, Power to Switch 90
Wiring Three-Ways, Power to Fixture 91
Wiring Four-Way Switches 92
Adding Receptacles 93
Adding 240-Volt Receptacles 94
Splitting, Switching Receptacles 95
Adding Low-Voltage Outdoor Wiring 96
Adding Outdoor Receptacles 98
Installing Outdoor Lighting 99
Adding a Bathroom Vent Fan/Light 100
Installing an Attic Fan 102
Installing a Whole-House Fan 104
Installing a Range Hood 106
Installing Home Security Devices 108
Planning Paths for New Circuits 110
Planning Major Circuits 112
Adding Major Circuits 114
Tools and Materials 116
Essential Tools 118
Specialized Tools 120
Choosing Switches 122
Selecting Special Switches 123
Choosing Receptacles 124
Choosing Wire and Cable 125
Choosing Boxes 126
New-Work Switch/Receptacle Boxes 127
Retrofit Switch/Receptacle Boxes 127
New-Work Fixture/Junction Boxes 128
Retrofit Fixture/Junction Boxes 128
Specialized Boxes 129
Box Accessories 129
Wiring Techniques 130
Installing Boxes in Unfinished Space 132
Installing Boxes in Finished Space 134
Stripping and Joining Wire 136
Working with Wire 138
Connecting Wires 139
Running Cable in Finished Space 140
Running Cable through the Ceiling 142
Running Cable through the Basement 142
Running Cable Behind Baseboards and Casing 143
Running Cable in Unfinished Space 144
Running Cable in Attics and Floors 146
Connecting Cable to Boxes 147
Patching Walls and Ceilings 148
Working with Armored Cable 150
Connecting Armored Cable 151
Cutting and Assembling Conduit 152
Bending Conduit 153
Connecting Conduit 154
Pulling Wire Through Conduit 155
Glossary 156
Index 158
Metric Conversions 160
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