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Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Wiring: Upgrade Your Main Service Panel - Discover the Latest Wiring Products - Complies with 2008 NEC (Black & Decker Complete Guide) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 1, 2008

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Brevik Tharaldson (Victoria, MN) is president of Jatco Electric.

Product Details

  • Series: Black & Decker Complete Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing international; Pap/DVD edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589234138
  • ASIN: B005SN5TBO
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,742,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a Master Electrician and teach a class in Residential Wiring and I am always looking for good referance materials. This book has the best pictorials and easies reading that I have seen for a coule of years. I work basically with adults and they are finding the book helpful even after the class is completed. The book is clear and concise the chapters are well written. The only down side to the book is there are still items in the books both physical and written that do not meet or follow the 2008 NEC as advertized. The pictures are and can be misleading and the verbage can be also. None of the problems fall into the serious realm where someone can be hurt but they are just not the approved method of doing things today.

All in all the book is worth the money and the time that is takes to read it. It is easy to follow as I told the class that even a cave man can do it. I will purchase it or the next edition again.


Larry Fadden
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I have Wiring a House-by Pros for Pros, and though I think it's a good refence, I think the Black & Decker book is better yet. I have a cabin built in the 1930s that had a cobbled-together electrical system that needed to be completely redone, and this book gave me all the tools I needed to do it. I've done electrical before, but this project required more thorough knowledge, and this book gave me exactly what I needed. The assortment of wiring diagrams is very helpful and easy to follow, but rather than stopping there the author provides worksheets for determining whether the electrical panel is sufficient for the application, and also provides a worksheet for calculating the anticipated load that a planned circuit will carry. It's this planning stage that's omitted from a lot of other electrical books, and if you're doing anything beyond simple fixture replacement, it's a must. There's even a 2 page list of highlights from the 2008-2011 National Electrical Code, which does a great job of highlighting some of the key elements that will impact what the average person might choose to tackle. I had also ordered the Home Depot 1-2-3 book, and after a couple of hours reviewing them side-by-side, the HD book went straight back to Amazon. It's good for someone who wants a very basic treatment of wiring, but the Black & Decker book has everything the HD book does and a lot more.
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I agree with most all of the reviews. This book is intended for beginner to intermediate level do-it-yourselfers. If you are a professional and are looking for guidance on a highly complex project, then this is not the book for you. The book is actually a very interesting read and is full of very explanatory pictures. I recently bought a house and considered hiring an electrician to install a couple extra sockets and light fixtures here and there. After reading through this book, I am quite sure I can do these projects myself. Furthermore, I'm having a detached garage built and was going to hire an electrician to run power out there, which would cost me at least $1,000 after trenching and a few lights. Now, I think I will be doing this myself. The book makes a very good point that you need to get permits for something like that. If you don't do something right, then the inspector will let you know and even give you some great advice on how to fix it. So if you're not confident in your abilities, then at least you will have a professional reviewing your work before you completely finish the project. Even if you don't do a lot of the work yourself, this book will help you understand what the electrician is talking about and help you make more educated decisions when negotiating electrical projects.
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We recently bought our first home, and discovered that the previous owners had wired up many things incorrectly, to the extent that some of what they had done was extremely dangerous. I set about to remedy the problems, and after looking at several books on electrical wiring, chose this one. I'm not a stranger to electrical wiring, but I didn't know enough to complete the tasks at hand. I found the diagrams and text to be easy to comprehend, and most of what I wanted to know was contained in the book. It covers a lot of material. It's actually quite a nice read, and easy to use.

Using this book as a reference, I've found and fixed a lot of the electrical problems the previous owners left behind, and I installed and wired AC-powered smoke detectors. There are more tasks to do, and I'll be going back to the book as needed.

The nice thing about electricity is it follows physical laws. Electrical requirements and wiring methods were developed in accordance with those laws. Once you understand *how* electricity works, you'll grasp *why* wiring is done the way it is. This book will teach you these basic principles, and it won't be too long before it all makes sense.

Some things to keep in mind: every city, county, and state has its own electrical code. This book obviously does not contain your local electrical requirements in it. Be sure to find out what the local laws are, and get a permit for your work if required. That way your work will be inspected, and you'll know you did it correctly. You'll sleep a lot easier, I assure you.

Finally, let me state the most important thing: while this book gives (in my opinion) a lot of great instruction on wiring and electrical things, it won't (and can't) have everything in it.
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