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on April 8, 2011
This comprehensive guide is designed to teach aspiring professionals the design concepts and electrical code for issues facing residential electricians. Its content is also helpful to serious amateurs (not beginners) wanting to gain a more thorough knowledge of wiring than can be learned from the pictorial DIY guides. This book emphasizes the National Electric Code (NEC) for each topic and is updated every three years to include the changes made to the NEC. The code's phrasing is not always intuitive, and much of the text explains NEC requirements.

Although the volume is sold primarily to students taking technical courses and those studying for the residential electrician license exam, it can be useful to serious do-it-yourselfers. If you are building a house or adding on, you will find topics regarding new construction that simply aren't covered in DIY pictorial guides. This 800 page book presents the "complete picture" and code for subjects including service entrances, voltage drop calculations, conductor sizing, sub-panels, branch circuit design, central heating systems, spas, standby electrical systems, interconnected smoke detectors, etc.

If you have some expertise and want to wire your new home so that it will pass inspection, this book tells you what you need to know. The book can help the sophisticated amateur get it right. That said, my advice is to hire a licensed journeyman electrician to guide and review your major projects. Safety is critical, and your local home inspector may not be thorough enough to catch things that could lead to fire or malfunction.

"Electrical Wiring Residential" has almost no content on repairs or upgrades to existing wiring. The focus is new construction. Most professionals will admit to carrying in their truck a heavily illustrated DIY guide like Black & Decker's "The Complete Guide to Wiring" or Home Depot's "Wiring 1-2-3." And, persons tackling small repair or upgrade projects would be better served by an illustrated DIY guide. These DIY books are more beginner friendly.

If you need a text covering mostly new construction with a strong focus on NEC requirements, this book is thorough (and more than occasionally redundant). As an aside, there are a surprising number of grammatical errors (usually subject/verb disagreement). Moreover, there are passages where new text was careless integrated with prior content. Some sections have contradictory passages with content pertaining to prior code in the same paragraph with text based on new code. That said, a careful reading will correctly decipher the meaning. Those wanting a less academic approach to the subject should check out the latest edition of Rex Cauldwell's "Wiring a House."

Note: Always search for books consistent with the latest NEC. You want books with current content so that your work will pass inspection. Moreover, the code updates include sensible improvements of modest cost that can prevent damage and save lives.
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on July 13, 2012
This is the book that is used at the votech in the area where I live. I have read numerous books on residential wiring. This is the best one. It explains the concepts of electricity and provides easy to understand diagrams. It is also an excellent reference book
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on February 3, 2014
Excellant learning book and simplified to just residential wiring. what is realy nice about this book is that it is based on the up to date code which brings you up to date with your code while at the same time refreshing your memory on what is involved in wiring a home. would deffinately recomend this to electricians who wan't most knowledge geared towarde residential wiring. Would especially recomend to students.
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on January 16, 2012
I got this book because it is the text book that I needed for my electrical class at school. It was exactly what I needed for the class and was way cheaper than the school bookstore. This book will teach you how to wire your own house. It will go into detail to teach you how the electrician would do it. Good detail and instruction.
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on March 14, 2013
purchased for a college course the book has proven useful for many household do it yourself projects since, plenty of diagrams and step-by-step pictures and the quiz's at the end of each chapter helped reinforce the information
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on December 15, 2015
I've done an extensive search of books about wiring diagrams and I must admit that this book is the best I have ever come across. It is really full of important information. Great book. I am glad I made this purchase. I learnt some items that I never understood before such as how to determine the size of neutral conductor after the load calculations. It has every single details you need to understand how to create wiring diagrams. You will see an answer for every question you might have about wiring diagrams. I recommend this book for all who work in the field of electricity including engineers and technicians.
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on October 7, 2014
the book came with out example plans for a house which should have been in the back but were missing. The plans are necessary for the class i bought the book for, also the book is FULL of writing, drawings and notes.
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on January 7, 2015
Excellent book on residential wiring. Lots of NEC code information. Well written and easy to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone with some electrical background, wanting to do electrical work.
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on February 15, 2014
As much as one is going to love a textbook about residential wiring!!! It is everything it needs to be and it teaches you how to pass the tests, and that's what it's for!! No wonder instructors use it!
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on January 18, 2014
I have learned a lot more with this book, is very useful, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve his knowledge in electrical wiring
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