"Homeowners" NEC Book


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Old 09-25-04, 10:25 PM
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"Homeowners" NEC Book

I want to do some outdoor (patio and yard) lighting, add some receptacles, etc. I also want to do it right, but I don't have a recent code book. Amazon.com lists quite a few books for around $60 but I don't need to know all about transformers, phasing, 440, 3-phase, and that stuff.

All I need is a booklet that describes what one can and cannot do code-wise around the home and yard, and that is written for somebody who knows his way around electricity and electronics.

Can anybody suggest a electrical code book(let) that would cost not more than about $25 or so that would help me pass the inspection when the inspector comes out? No pools or spas here, just lights, switches, and receptacles, most under a covered patio, some out in the elements.

Any tips would be appreciated!
 
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Black and Decker Complete Guide to Home Wiring devotes a whole chapter to the subject you ask about. It can be found at Home Depot or Lowes.
 
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My favorite is "Wiring Simplified," a $6 green paperback sold in the electrical aisle at Home Depot.
 
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I have:

Stanley, "Complete Wiring."

"CodeCheck: Electrical, A Complete Guide to Wiring a Safe House."

"House Wiring with the National Electrical Code, 1999 Ed." You may like this one as it pertains only to 1 and 2 family home wiring.

Sunset: "Complete Home Wiring."

"Illustrated Guide to the National Electrical Code, 2002 Ed."

An ancient (circa 1975) edition of "Practical Wiring."

I can generally look up any questions and find a picture or diagram.
 

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A big "thank you" to you and the others who helped me here!

The Pipsisiwah
 
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I bought "Wiring Simplified" on John's recommendation about a month or so back, and after reading it, I can say it's:

A. Cheaper
B. More informative (by far)
C. More useful

than any of the other electrical guides that I've read.

One thing I will say in favor of the Stanley and B&D type books, is that they contain excellent pics and illustrations, so a combination of "Wiring Simplified" and one or two of the "big name" books is ideally the way to go.
 
 

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