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Old 09-01-03, 08:34 PM
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I consider myself to be a novice when it comes to electric wiring. I would like to increase my skill level from beginner to intermediate for home projects. Anyone have specific books either beginner or intermediate level for wiring that they would like to recommend? I'm interesting in finding books that demonstrate/teach good wiring techniques, wiring to code and emphasis on safety. I would be interested to learn which text books are used to teach new electricians the trade.

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Old 09-02-03, 06:49 AM
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The Electrical Wiring Series by Ray Mullin are excellent textbook style resources. Also try Wiring Simplified and even the Home Depot Wiring book has some good info. Check your library and homecenter. Read about 7-8 of these books and you will have a pretty good understanding of residential wiring systems. Plus, this forum has a wealth of information. The search is an invaluable tool.
Old 09-02-03, 01:08 PM
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I have used about a dozen different books from the Thomson /Delmar Learning series for 4 years in tech school.
I agree that it is a very good starting point for taking a person from minimal skills to a knowlegde level that would provide enough insight to complete an entire house (In reference to the Residential textbook). Please note that each book of the series has excerpts from the NEC, and the 2002 NEC is another book that is needed to suppliment your design plans when you start doing advanced things. I feel you could avoid the NEC if you review the content of the book(s) and come here and ask your specific code question so we can give answers in context with a reply including the code article you are seeking. The code changes every three years, the next will be 2005. The Resi book is available in soft and hard cover. There are three versions of each code edition: Standard (softcover) designed for tradesmen or folks like you, Handbook (hardcover) designed for engineers with description and diagrams of applications, and Changes (soft) which suppliments your previous books with new information without full cost of a new large book. The other books in the series cover specic topics like grounding, etc.
See this link for the entire group of books:*&catlvl=CAT4&cat1=75&cat2=475&cat3=2777&cat4=0&cat5=0
Please note that there are 10 pages in the list of books.
"Electrical Wiring Residential" is the title I reccomend. #25
10, 25-27, 59, 73 are titles specific to residential. Only buy the latest version of the books-The 96 editions are not as good as the 99's, and the 2003 is most current on the code applications.
By browsing through the lis you will get some understanding of the scope of learning required to be a knowledgeable tradesperson. There are samples of some books, mainly the table of contents and Foreward, sometimes part of the first chapter.

Send me a P.M. from d-i-y if you would like to ask me anything further about this topic outside of the forum, I am only scrathing the surface. You sound like a person who is interested in becoming competant in what you do, even if just limited to your own house and maybe helping friends/neighbors. Knowledge lasts a lifetime.


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