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Wiring Simplified: Based on the 2011 National Electrical Code® Paperback – June 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0971977976 ISBN-10: 0971977976 Edition: Forty-third Edition, 43rd edition

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"Like having a tiny electrician in your bookshelf."  —Jerry Alonzy, editor, www.naturalhandyman.com
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

H. P. Richter wrote the first edition of Wiring Simplified in 1932. W. C. Schwan was the author of subsequent editions of Wiring Simplified until 2002. F. P. Hartwell became the new author of Wiring Simplified—after W. C. Schwan—with the 40th edition. He is the secretary of the Massachusetts Electrical Code Advisory Committee and the author of the American Electricians' Handbook and Practical Electrical Wiring. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Series: Wiring Simplified
  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Park Publishing, Inc.; Forty-third Edition, 43rd edition edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971977976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971977976
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very easy read, good images, great detail.
Tarik
Anyone who is looking to do electrical work, should read this book first, then pick up one of the "how to do" picture books if they want visual cues.
Jaren W Hawxwell
It explains common devices like 2-way and 3-way switches and circuit breakers, and it covers both 110 and 220 volt circuits.
Michael Sandman

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Purcell on January 7, 2009
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This is a great resource for those handymen who are comfortable working with electricity. This book is very easy to read and not only covers the enforced National Electrical Code (NEC) but also provides detailed installation procedures of home electrical material/devices such as wiring, receptacles, lighting fixtures & etc. With prolific pictures, it shows devices and material available and required for specific tasks. In addition it explains & shows correct installation procedures.
As a retired electrical engineer for 18 years, I purchased this book to re-familiarize myself with the latest NEC codes. I can attest to this books value to those having a small or large electrical project and wish to install a safe installation.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Office Fan on October 4, 2008
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This book (or its previous editions) has been invaluable to this do-it-yourself owner of four different homes over the years. With the book in one hand and tools in the other I have been able to rewire much of two older homes, newly wire finished basements in two others and completely rewire a remodelled kitchen (all up to the current code of the time). The material is well organized and presented in language understandable to the non-professional.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John R. Flynn on May 11, 2010
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THE BEST HANDS-ON, HOW-TO WIRING BOOK FOR THE LAYMAN AND TRADESMAN
I've owned and used and loaned and lost various editions since the 60's, both in my home and on the job as a carpenter/stagehand. It's Indispensable for the once-in-a-while electrician or homeowner whether he/she is adding a single outlet or upgrading a new kitchen. Working with this book will give you confidence in the safety, utility, and re-salability of your project. Nothing extraneous, excellent index, gender friendly. No condescension.
The illustrations are the best in the business, and there are an awful lot of fancy wiring books to choose from. The precise (and time honored) diagrams and carefully edited text provide the reader with the information needed to do a good, safe, and efficient job.

Wiring Simplified: Based on the 2008 National Electrical Code
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sandman on August 28, 2009
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This is a straightforward, easy to understand book if you've had a little bit of exposure to home wiring. There are good diagrams (but few photos) and the common kinds of things you might want to do in a home or on a farm are covered well. It explains common devices like 2-way and 3-way switches and circuit breakers, and it covers both 110 and 220 volt circuits. The text explains how to do things like adding extensions and switches in conformance with the 2008 edition of the national electrical code. Compliance with the code is the best way to make sure the wiring you do is safe, properly grounded and not going to cause a fire. This book is a good way to make sure you know what to do before you pick up that pair of pliers. I had an edition from the late 1970s, and I got this new one when I started a project that requires adding a couple of circuits for a basement room I'm finishing. The text of this edition is easier to understand and the diagrams are clearer than in the older one, and of course the electrical code has changed substantially.

As an alternative or a step beyond this book, consider the Black & Decker Complete Book of Home Wiring, which has excellent photographs and covers wiring devices for home theater and other related low voltage applications . If you're a complete novice, the Black & Decker book is probably a better place to start.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rob on June 29, 2008
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In my circumstances I wouldn't be without this book. I'm doing some electrical wiring upgrades and repairs in my home. This book is a Godsend as I'm not all that knowledgeable about the subject. However, I just look up the subject in this book and it gives me both an illustration and a written explanation on how to accomplish a task. I compare the work required with my skill level and decided whether I can do the work or not before I tear into a wall, open a wiring box, or disconnect any wires. If it appears the task is beyond me, I don't do it myself. This little book, accompanied by the most recent code book, has allowed me to do some things I couldn't have figured out on my own. It also discusses essential safety and wiring techniques. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is planning on doing his or her own standard wiring. You'll know whether or not you're up to the job and if not, you can call an electrician. In the long run, it'll probably save some hard earned cash, a few hours of blown fuses, darkness, or worse, a serious accident or fire. Word to the wise; buy it before you try it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Cruit on November 17, 2009
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I purchased this book for a friend but own an older revision. Back when I was 14 I was able to figure out how to run electricity out to my parents garage and install lights and receptacles using this book. What I like most about this book is that it contains the information a do-it-yourselfer will need and no fluff. All instruction is written so that a do-it-yourselfer can wire circuits in compliance with the National Electric Code.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenai L&J on April 15, 2010
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Used this and previous editions for 40 years, on 4 houses & several rentals, from repairs to complete rewiring to new construction. For the homeowner, clear and mostly simple. When you wire to code, it's safer and keeps the banks and insurance companies and inspectors and appraisers off your back. That also pays off when you go to sell. Just keep to the newest addition. If you are doing more than just replacing a broken plug, it sure beats anything like the "Time-Life" handyman-type series; more authoritative & comprehensive than most others you can buy at local big-box hardware/builder supply yards. Just don't think it makes you an electrician, never do someone else's house, and follow ALL safety rules. It is wise to check your state & local laws too - to see if you are allowed to work on your own property, and see if there are local additions/variations on code. Some building officials will work with you, some won't.
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