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Product Details

  • Series: Home Depot ... 1-2-3
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Home Depot; 1 edition (January 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069621184X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696211843
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on January 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
...I found three books that seemed to have the information I needed: Wiring 1-2-3 by the people at Home Depot, The Complete Guide to Home Wiring by the Black and Decker people, and Wiring a House by Rex Cauldwell. Each is an excellent book with much to offer, but I definitely found that each had a slant that made it specialized in some way.
Of the three books, only the Cauldwell book was written in a person-to-person format. The author is a third generation electrician with years of experience, and as he says quite charmingly, "I have written this book from lifelong experience and knowledge--some of which has been passed down through each generation. However, there is no one within my family to pass the gauntlet to--no fourth generation to pick up the trade. Therefore, by reading this book you will become heir to my knowledge and experience. You, in effect, will become the fourth generation (p. 1)." His style is very much master of the craft to learning apprentice, explaining all facets of his field from how electricity is produced, how it is measured, what types of wires carry it to and into your home, and what tools one needs to do electrical work. He not only provides the information, he tells the reader the "whys" of what is, which I find helpful because it permits one to problem solve and trouble shoot more effectively. Particularly useful are those things that he tells the reader to avoid and what can happen when they aren't! The drawings are very helpful, particularly as they are clearer than photographs can be. Sometimes less is more in this regard. The schematic of the main floor of a house (pp.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Schatte on December 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We recently had a 16x12 workshop built in our back yard. I decided to do all of the electrical work myself, something I had never done before. With Wiring 1-2-3 at my side, I was able to complete all of the electrical work in a professional manner and--thanks to the book--I knew exactly what I was doing. I later added an additional branch circuit to our service panel (something I never would have considered before reading the book) and plan on doing all of the electrical work when we refinish our basement starting next month.
As an unexpected side effect to reading Wiring 1-2-3, I actually found some things that the original electricians did incorrectly when our house was built (most notably the fact that our GFCI outlets are wired incorrectly). I can now fix these problems and avoid trouble in the future thanks to the book.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Kid on December 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is way too basic to be useful to anyone other than a novice. Even then, it will not improve your knowledge enough to perform the most usual home wiring projects. For a much more complete and thorough overview of basic home wiring, I suggest the Black & Decker "Complete Guide to Home Wiring" which will be useful for novice and amateur Do-It-Yourselfers.
If you really want to know more about home wiring and the National Electrical Code, I suggest "House Wiring with the NEC" by Mullin. If want to know everything then get "Electircal Wiring-Residential" by the same author. It covers what electrician apprentices learn about residential wiring and isn't that hard to understand.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jane Avriette on May 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I just bought a new server for my home that requires a 20A circuit, and a NEMA 5-20 connector (most homes do not have these outlets and are wired for 15A). I was pretty daunted by the task. However, after reading this book, I am very confident at being able to achieve it.
The pictures are excellent. There are diagrams, there are pointers (such as telling you to wire in Cat-5 cable whenever you do wiring, an EXCELLENT pointer!!), and helpful hints throughout the entire text.
I have a little electronics background (I'm an IT guy and used to work with Automotive Electronics), so I wasnt too scared going into it. But I can see how the text is friendly enough for even a novice to be able to start with small projects and work right into the bigger ones (such as installing track lighting, appliances, and, like me, even new circuits in the house).
Recommended to anyone.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Wanko on January 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I can't complain about the price since I bought mine
used for around five bucks. However, I think Home Depot
could add a little more meat to the book and justify the
costs.
That's my only criticism. The book is eminently readable,
extremely useful and clear, and illustrates the common
household electrical challenges well. In short, it will give
a reader the necessary competence to accomplish the mission.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A little knowledge might be a dangerous thing, as the old adage has it, but I found the information presented in this book precisely what is needed for the intended reader: electrical DIY (do-it yourself) projects, which the homeowner can accomplish on his own, without an expensive licensed electrician. Knowledge and safety go hand in hand in this book. For complex projects, for example, replacing an entire electrical service panel, the advice is straightforward: don't do it; it is too complex and dangerous, leave it to a pro.

But there is so much that can be done, with the correct knowledge. The first chapter conveys the essentials on understanding electrical principals for the home (without any equations!). The next chapter lists what are ten top projects that a homeowner might be interested in, from installing a dimmer switch to hanging a ceiling fan. Then there is the matter of the tools required, which, in general, are very inexpensive. I found myself recently checking page 50, which listed the appropriate wire nuts, for each size of wiring. The easier projects are simply upgrading existing circuits, for example by installing dimmers, or more modern and convenient receptacles and switches. (Note: although my local "big-box" DIY store did not carry new switches with low voltage lighting, I was able to find them on-line, at a very good price, and am pleased with the improved appearance and convenience throughout the house.)

Several chapters are devoted to running new services, cables, and explaining, at least for me, "trickier" projects, like wiring three-way switches. Most specific tasks are covered in two pages. There are ample pictures that depict the actual task, along with step by step instructions.
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