Recommended Electrical How to books ?


Old 11-29-06, 08:05 PM
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Recommended Electrical How to books ?

Well, my dad told me so. Learn Electric wiring and you will be forever grateful.
That was 25 years ago and I did not listen of course.
Now, with tons of electric work to do on a recently purchased 2500 sq ft building and much of it re wiring and plugs etc, its time I learn the minors of it.
I understand I will need a licensed electrican to do the major parts, but some of it I should be able to do such as running the wires, plugs etc.
Does anyone have a laymans written how to, dos and dont about electrical wiring?
I promise nothing big here, but just want to learn basics.
And yes wish I had listened to dad, he told me more then 25 years ago to learn electronics and computers and I chose to do something not even close as a career.
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you!
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"Wiring Simplified" a paperback available at the big box stores is a good place to start.

"Wiring a House" is another good one.

Better yet, go the library and look at what they have. When you find several you like, go out and buy them.
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when I first started as an apprentice, I bought one called "the complete guide to home wiring" by black and decker and one called "advanced home wiring" by the same company. These books are decent. A really good one is one that we use in school called "electrical wiring residential 15th edition" by thomson delmar learning. Granted, these are based on residential wiring, but lots of it applies to commercial wiring as well.
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This (the trade) is the one thing I taught my Dad. (to my knowledge).

The things he taught me...... I should have paid closer attention.

Never too late to learn!!! Get hooked up with a practitioner, you'll learn more than you can read.
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Books will be a good place to start but I think your best source of information will be a "practioner" as Lee has suggested.
If you will be starting this project soon there is too much to learn in a short span to start pulling wire right away but if you hook up with the electrician that will be doing the major work he will be your best source of info.
He also will be the one pulling the permit and you would have to do things his way.
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Electrical wiring residential - Ray Mullin

Your state code - In WI it's fairly brief.
Your local code - Here it has a couple of pages of silly and poorly-worded, but significant provisions.
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Been "messing around" (sorry guys) with electricity for more than 40 years.

However, I recently found a good book at Taunton Press (can't remember the title right now, but the author is Rex Cauldwell).

That book turned out to be the best one that I have seen, and it covers everything from a new service entrance to the nitty gritt of 4-way switches.

The book is well written, has excellent pictures and diagrams.

I have found it to be a valulable source (and has shown me some things in my new-to-me house that need to be changed).

Go to (I think it is) and look for the book.

Sorry for the feeble brain but the book is at my other house (and I am not there tonight).,


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found the real info:

Title of Book is "Wiring a House--for Pros by Pros"
Author: Rex Cauldwell
Publisher: The Taunton Press
ISBN: 1-56158-527-0
Price: $24.95 US
Taunton Product No. 070639
web site: (sorry for the wrong URL before)

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Old 12-03-06, 09:20 AM
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Wow, great info guys.
Guess I need to do both read and great someone I can learn from.

Maybe one will want some free help for trade for the learning experience?
Then again, I probably will only pull wires???????
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Bought a couple books at Home Depot thanks to your suggestions.
The employee suggested I buy a video on electrical work to go with the books.
Sorry for the questions, does anyone know of any I can buy.

Also, thanks for the overwhelming offer of help.

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