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Ultimate Guide: Wiring, 7th edition (Home Improvement) Paperback – February 1, 2010
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This is one of the best Do-It-Yourself books I have ever read. That's not to say that an ignoramus can start monkeying around with household current without really knowing what he's doing, but if you have a good basic understanding of electricity this book will guide you through almost any project you want to tackle.
I found the arrangement of subjects to be a bit odd. The first sections in the book discuss basic circuitry and wiring while the section titled " Understanding Electricity" starts on page 228. "Tools and Their Uses" follows that and then we get "Materials and Equipment". I suggest reading these parts of the book first and then looking up your project in the appropriate section.
Probably the best feature of this book is the vast number of excellent photographs illustrating exactly what your project will look like at various stages in a step-by-step layout. I didn't count them, but I'm sure they number in the hundreds. Each one is crystal clear and in color. The photos are close enough to the work to show what is being done without the viewer having to wonder what he's looking at.
While this book does cover many basic instructional issues regarding electricity and wiring, about half of the book is devoted to numerous articles on how to do specific projects. It covers such things as:
Wiring a Three-Way Switch
Installing a Recessed Light Fixture
Replacing a Fluorescent Ballast
Installing Door Chimes
Installing a Dryer (or Range) Receptacle
Installing Low-Voltage Lighting (outdoors)
Installing a Whole-House Surge Arrester
Installing an Optional Standby Generator
There are many more projects but this list should give you an idea of the depth and breadth of this book.
The only thing I can find to criticize about this book is the statement found on the cover claiming, "Meets Current NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE Standards". While I am sure that it meets the code that was in effect when the book was written, nowhere does the book clarify exactly WHICH code was in effect then. My copy of the 7th edition, which I bought in June 2012, lists a copyright date of 2010. A new edition of the NEC (National Electrical Code) was issued in 2011, and another just this year (2014). I assume that the 7th edition covers the older code, not the current one. This does not detract from the quality and usefulness of this book, however, since I'm sure you won't get into trouble if you follow the procedures in this book.
Highly recommended for the competent, careful, do-it-yourself homeowner.
But overall, very simple, with a lot of good diagrams to help the new homeowner, or more experienced one, out.