Important recall--"Wiring a House-For Pros By Pros"

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Old 01-02-09, 12:49 PM
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Important recall--"Wiring a House-For Pros By Pros"

Just got a notice today from Amazon that above book I purchased has been recalled. I thought I should post this since I bought the book based on some recommendations on this forum. Perhaps moderators make sticky of this. Does not say what the specific problem is, just that some diagrams are wrong. Wish they would just send some corrected pages since I like the book in general.

Faulty Instructions Prompt Recall of Electrical Wiring How-to-Books by The Taunton Press; Shock Hazard to Consumers
 
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Old 01-02-09, 02:43 PM
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I ordered this book from Amazon this morning. The story of my life...I'm always a day late and a dollar short.
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I heard about this and requested it from my library. I want to see if I can find the problems.

I wonder how many books have been recalled because they gave "dangerous" info! This is a pretty embarrassing situation for everyone attached to this book!

I would recommend:

Electrical Wiring Residential by Ray C. Mullin
Wiring Simplified by some other guy
Current code and handbook from NFPA.

Don't forget to check your library for these, too.
 
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I have wiring simplified. I bought it and wiring a house based on suggestions on this forum. My local library actually had both of them, but they were not the updated (to NEC2008) versions.
 
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Ok I will make it sticky due I got few notes from other forums as well.


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(where to I return my $1.00 grage sale version for a "full refund " )

here's more info

Taunton Press | Recall Notice

"The Taunton Press has learned that certain diagrams in these books contain errors that in certain circumstances could result in a potential safety hazard, including electrical shock. Although there have been no reported incidents, to eliminate the risk of an incident occurring, The Taunton Press is offering its customers a full refund for both books."
 
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what are the issues with the book exactly
 
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Old 01-23-09, 11:17 AM
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The right thing for the publisher to do is clarify in a public forum what wiring instructions exactly were wrong and where they are in the book, so people can correct any problems.

It's not like returning the book is going to correct faulty installations that are already done!
 
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I decided to call Tauton today since I like the book and didn't really want to send it back. They told me error was on page 188. The wording in paragraph correct, but diagram wrong. So I went there and I think I found error. In the drawing on left labeled "Wiring a GFCI receptacle with both protected and unprotected cables", They have labels for "To unprotected receptacles downstream" in the upper right hand side of drawing and "To protected receptacles downstream" in lower left of drawing reversed. I have attached a scan of it. Why wouldn't you just tell people that and they could fix it?

 
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You're correct. The error is that "protected" and "unprotected" are swapped in the diagram. Seems like an easy thing to just send out a correction.
 
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Also ground and neutral are labeled wrong on both diagrams on 188.

You know what's funny, I hadn't looked at this thread since I posted last. I've had the book sitting here and it's due tomorrow so I finally looked through it quickly. I only caught the ground/neutral reversal on 188 so I searched all over looking for the other issues, and found them, but they had already been posted back here by hammerash. So, I should have just come back here!

I agree that they should have published errata showing the exact errors. I don't disagree with their recall decision, but as mentioned already, anybody who had read the book would wonder what was wrong.

It's a shame because for a DIY book he had a lot of good things to say and did a good job of differentiating code minimums and his own above code recommendations. He also spent more time explaining why, than I have seen in similar books.

I have never doubted the importance of having good copy editors.
 
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Exclamation It used to be right

I have the 2002 version and like it a lot. There is only one diagram which seems to be identical to the left one in Hammerash scan above but the labels are correct! Someone actively made it wrong in the new edition.
 
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Originally Posted by ArgMeMatey View Post

I would recommend:

Electrical Wiring Residential by Ray C. Mullin
I have Mullin's book and find it useful.

A great, short book on grounding is "Grounding and Shielding in Facilities," by Morrison and Lewis (Wiley-Intersciene). It has many references to electrical wiring and the NEC, also discussing noise, shielding, EMI, RF, safety, etc.
 
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Originally Posted by knucklebark View Post
I have the 2002 version and like it a lot. There is only one diagram which seems to be identical to the left one in Hammerash scan above but the labels are correct! Someone actively made it wrong in the new edition.
Same with 2005 edition, its correct in there.

Ironically I've found other stuff that isn't correct, for example he suggests running two smaller sets of SE cable in a single conduit in parallel (drop loop to meter pan) rather than a single larger set, but the required derating for the 4 current carrying conductors would mean you're below the necessary ampacity. I guess more of a code violation than a safety issue, but noticed a few things like that.

I like his book, I have the wiring simplified 2005 too, and while full of good info, a bit harder to follow. I gotta get a 2008 book or two, too bad simplified seems to be off the shelves everywhere. If this was a CD or some artwork that had a screwup it would be selling for 10x as much on ebay right now!

I love how my electrical project just doubled in price, I hadn't realized Mass had been so quick to adopt the 2008 code. Time to find a place to bulk order AFCI breakers and TP outlets.
 
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Oops, my bad, mine is 2002, there apparently wasn't a 2005? I bought it in 05 or 06.

I think I'll be getting the latest wiring simplified and the Mullin book.
 
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don't know what a TP outlet is?
 
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Old 03-17-09, 12:34 PM
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don't know what a TP outlet is?
I should have said receptacle probably. TP = Tamper Proof. I started to go off on a rant but this is the wrong place for that, so I'll stop :-)
 
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See this link for the corrections:

This link shows the corrections:

Real Estate Blog - Wiring Books Recall

But here is the text if the link is dead:

In the Wiring A House book by Rex Cauldwell the problems are located on page 188. The wording in the paragraphs are correct, however the error(s) are in the diagrams.

On the left hand diagram, titled "Wiring a GFCI receptacle with both protected and unprotected cables" the errors are as follows:

1. On the Upper wire labled "To unprotected receptacles downstream" It should read "To protected receptacles downstream"

2. On the Lower wire labled "To protected receptacles downstream" It should instead read "To unprotected receptacles downstream"

3. The wire that's labled Ground should instead be labled Neutral.

On the right hand diagram, titled "Wiring a single GFCI receptacle" the errors are as follows:

1. The wire that's labled Ground should instead be labled Neutral

2. The wire that's labled Neutral should instead be labled Ground
 
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