Wiring a House

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Taunton Press, 2002 - House & Home - 245 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The Basics
6
Anatomy of a Residential Electrical System
11
Wire Gauges
14
The Wire We Use
19
Conduit Systems
28
Tools of the Trade
31
General Tools
33
ACPowered Tools
38
Types of GFCIs
154
Where GroundFault Protection Is Required
155
Wiring GFCI Receptacles
156
Wiring GFCI Circuit Breakers
157
Testing GFCIs
158
ArcFault Circuit Breakers
159
Wiring AFCIs
160
Receptacles and Boxes
162

Cordless Tools
43
Specialized Tools
45
Safety Equipment
49
The Service Entrance
50
Calculating Amperage and Choosing Cable
52
Local Requirements
56
Buried Service Entrance
60
Aerial Service Entrance
61
Connecting the Meter Base to the Panel
68
Panels and Subpanels
74
Picking a Panel
77
Mounting a Panel
79
Cable Management
84
Bringing Cables into the Panel
86
Subpanels
87
Balancing the Load
93
The Art of Grounding
95
Protection through Grounding
98
Choosing the Proper Grounding Materials
101
Installing a LowResistance PaneltoEarth Grounding System
103
What Needs Grounding
107
Wiring Room by Room
115
Design Considerations and Outlet Box Locations
116
Pulling Cable in New Construction
127
Routing Wires in Renovation Work
136
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
142
Fuses
143
Circuit Breakers
145
GroundFault Circuit Interrupters
151
How a GFCI Works
152
Receptacles
169
Polarity
172
Wiring and Installation
175
Switches
183
Switch Grades
187
Types of Switches
188
Light Dimmers
193
Fan Speed Controls
195
Wiring Fixtures
196
Incandescent Lights
199
Fluorescent Lights
200
Ceiling Fans
201
Smoke Detectors
207
Outdoor Light Fixtures
208
Recessed Lights
211
Wiring Appliances
213
Baseboard Heaters
217
Electric Wall Heaters
220
GarageDoor Openers
225
Submersible Pumps
226
Lightning and Surge Protection
227
Direct Strikes
228
Utility and InHouse Surge Creators
229
Phone and Coaxial Cable Protection
234
Protecting Pumps
235
Standby Generators
239
Picking a Generator
241
Installing the Transfer Switch
243
Index
246
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About the author (2002)

A third-generation tradesman, Rex Cauldwell is both a master electrician and a master plumber. His book, "Inspecting a House," is a popular industry standard. He lives in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

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