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Wiring a house
Cauldwell, Rex.
Personal Author:
Completely revised and updated.
Publication Information:
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2002]

Physical Description:
245 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TK3285 .C38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TK3285 .C38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TK3285 .C38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TK3285 .C38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Oversize
TK3285 .C38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TK3285 .C38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TK3285 .C38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TK3285 .C38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TK3285 .C38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Current with codes through 2017: For Pros By Pros: Builder Tested / Code-Approved

Updated classic. Wiring a House: 5th Edition, is a must-have reference on home wiring - essential for homeowners, electricians, and apprentices. You'll find all the information is updated to the latest electrical code and contains significant revisions that impact residential work, including:

Expanded AFCI and GFCI protection in homes New approaches to ensure the safety of photovoltaic (PV) electrical systems New methods to distribute low voltage power New DC provisions designed to save energy lost in conversion from AC Updated to the 2014 NEC (current through 2017)

Written in plain language. Author Rex Cauldwell shares his wealth of experience in a simple, straightforward manner. He covers all the basics from idiot-proof advice on how to keep track of your tools -- cart them in bins in a little red wagon -- to the highly technical aspects of wiring, and tried-and-true industry tips.

Current and accurate information. Wiring a House is a comprehensive guide written by a master electrician with over 37 years of experience. An indispensable reference for keeping pros up-to-date, it also provides apprentices and homeowners an accessible reference with the latest information:

350 full-color photographs 120 instructive illustrations Plus information on lighting, inverters, and electrical vehicle chargers.

Author Notes

Master electrician Rex Cauldwell has been wiring houses for over 30 years

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Library Journal Review

Electricity is one of the least understood yet most important aspects of do-it-yourself building and renovation. Used safely, it allows us to enjoy a life of convenience, but when its basic rules are violated it can destroy one's home. A master electrician, building inspector, and licensed general contractor, Cauldwell shows how to properly use electricity in this revision of his 1996 text. Starting with electricity's basics, he then explains tools of all types, shows how and where electricity enters the house, and explains grounding (which is vital for safety). Proceeding through the house, Cauldwell demonstrates how to wire both new construction and renovations and to install receptacles, switches, fixtures, and wired-in appliances. Important safety information is provided, including ground-fault circuit interrupters, lightning, and surge protection. Finally, Cauldwell gives instructions for wiring "Above Code," his system of wiring that exceeds the minimum standards required by the electrical code and results in a safer, higher-quality installation. This title does an outstanding job of explaining an area of perennial confusion for do-it-yourselfers. Recommended for every collection. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Editionp. viii
Introductionp. 2
The Basicsp. 6
How Electricity Flowsp. 6
Anatomy of a Residential Electrical Systemp. 11
Wire Gaugesp. 14
The Wire We Usep. 19
Conduit Systemsp. 28
Tools of the Tradep. 31
General Toolsp. 33
AC-Powered Toolsp. 38
Cordless Toolsp. 43
Specialized Toolsp. 45
Safety Equipmentp. 49
The Service Entrancep. 50
Choosing a Buried or an Aerial Servicep. 50
Calculating Amperage and Choosing Cablep. 52
Local Requirementsp. 56
Locating the Meter Basep. 56
Buried Service Entrancep. 60
Aerial Service Entrancep. 61
Connecting the Meter Base to the Panelp. 68
Panels and Subpanelsp. 74
Elements of the Main Panelp. 74
Picking a Panelp. 77
Mounting a Panelp. 79
Cable Managementp. 84
Bringing Cables into the Panelp. 86
Subpanelsp. 87
Balancing the Loadp. 93
The Art of Groundingp. 95
Definition of a Grounding Systemp. 95
Protection through Groundingp. 98
Choosing the Proper Grounding Materialsp. 101
Installing a Low-Resistance Panel-to-Earth Grounding Systemp. 103
What Needs Groundingp. 107
Wiring Room by Roomp. 115
Stocking Upp. 115
Design Considerations and Outlet Box Locationsp. 116
Pulling Cable in New Constructionp. 127
Routing Wires in Renovation Workp. 136
Fuses and Circuit Breakersp. 142
Fusesp. 143
Circuit Breakersp. 145
Ground-Fault Circuit Interruptersp. 151
How a GFCI Worksp. 152
Types of GFCIsp. 154
Where Ground-Fault Protection Is Requiredp. 155
Wiring GFCI Receptaclesp. 156
Wiring GFCI Circuit Breakersp. 157
Testing GFCIsp. 158
Arc-Fault Circuit Breakersp. 159
Wiring AFCIsp. 160
Receptacles and Boxesp. 162
Receptacle Boxesp. 162
Receptaclesp. 169
Polarityp. 172
Wiring and Installationp. 175
Switchesp. 183
Switch Boxesp. 183
Switch Gradesp. 187
Types of Switchesp. 188
Light Dimmersp. 193
Fan Speed Controlsp. 195
Wiring Fixturesp. 196
Choosing the Right Boxp. 196
Incandescent Lightsp. 199
Fluorescent Lightsp. 200
Ceiling Fansp. 201
Smoke Detectorsp. 207
Track Lightingp. 207
Outdoor Light Fixturesp. 208
Recessed Lightsp. 211
Wiring Appliancesp. 213
Kitchen Appliancesp. 213
Baseboard Heatersp. 217
Electric Wall Heatersp. 220
Utility-Room Appliancesp. 220
Garage-Door Openersp. 225
Submersible Pumpsp. 226
Whirlpool Tubs and Spasp. 226
Lightning and Surge Protectionp. 227
Induced Voltagep. 227
Direct Strikesp. 228
Utility and In-House Surge Creatorsp. 229
Adding Surge Protectionp. 229
Phone and Coaxial Cable Protectionp. 234
Protecting Pumpsp. 235
Standby Generatorsp. 239
History of Incorrect Connectionsp. 239
Picking a Generatorp. 241
Installing the Transfer Switchp. 243
Indexp. 246