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Wiring 1-2-3 (Home Depot ... 1-2-3) Hardcover – January 15, 2001

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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Words cannot simply describe how well this book is organized.

Teaches you the tools needed, hot to use the tools, Safety precautions and techniques, and open-ended projects.

What I mean by open-Ended projects is that the projects and renovations you want are only limited to YOUR creativity. The book teaches you the basics, a general to advanced guideline, and the rest is how detailed you want your project to be.

Incredible book that covers everything from how electricity works, to 3-way switches, converting 120V to 240V outlets, adding new circuit breakers for expanding homes, to installing Home-network panels (Internet Cat5/Coaxial/telephone lines/etc.).

I highly recommend this book to people entirely fresh to electricity, as a review manual, and a guideline to planning new electrical projects in your home!

I also own "Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Wiring 5th Edition", and "Wiring a House 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated."

As a comparison:
Home Depot 123 is like a manual for quick easy jobs.
For people who think receptacles shoot lightning and great for beginners as its simple and easy to understand. Basically the Basics but intermediate enough to mess with circuit breakers and not get electrocuted to death by them.

Black & Decker is HARDCORE!
They assume you know what you are doing and you won't electrocute yourself with a metal ladder on of a puddle of water while running HOT electric lines. This book goes straight into advanced wiring designs and circuits for projects, electrical codes you need to know to be up to standards, and installing therm-electric floor-warming systems.
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