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Wiring a House, 4E

by Rex Cauldwell

If you've ever looked for a book that explained wiring to the NEC in a way that makes it easy - this is your book.

Here, a master electrician gives you step-by-step tips and shortcuts he's learned in over 30 years of wiring houses.

You'll learn the basics of electricity, what materials work best in what application, which tools get the job done in the fastest time, and how to figure out and design the right wiring layout for any residential job, whether the entire house, or just a room.

You also see how to install main service panels, sub panels, ensure that a house is properly grounded, install receptacles, GFCIs, switches, and fixtures for lighting, smoke detectors, track lighting, outdoor lighting, and recessed lighting; how to wire for appliances; how to protect against lightning and surge protection, and how to set up and wire stand-by generators.

This revised edition contains hundreds of diagrams and full-color illustrations and photos that show you exactly how the work is done.

Install GFCIs and AFCIs
Learn Failsafe Troubleshooting Techniques
Hook up a Standby Generator
Install Main Service Panels and Subpanels
Wire a Whole-House Renovation

Since it was first published in 1996, Wiring a House has become the standard reference on residential wiring. This fourth edition features revised information on backup generators, AFCIs, GFCIs, tools, and room-by-room wiring.

An indispensable reference for keeping pros up-to-date, Wiring a House also gives apprentices and homeowners the most current and accurate information in the most accessible form.


Preface to the Revised Edition, 2

1. The Basics, 6
How Electricity Flow's, 8
A Residential Electrical System, 13
Wire Gauges, 15
The Wire We Use, 23
Conduit Systems, 31

2. Tools of the Trade, 34
General Tools, 36
AC -Powered Tools, 44
Cordless Tools, 50
Specialized Tools, 53

3. The Service Entrance, 58
Buried or Aerial Service, 60
Calculating Amps, Choosing Cable, 60
Locating the Meter Base, 66
Buried Service Entrance, 70
Aerial Service Entrance, 71
Connecting Meter Base to Panel, 78

4. Panels and Subpanels, 84
Elements of the Main Panel, 86
Picking a Panel, 88
Mounting a Panel, 90
Bringing Cables into the Panel, 96
Subpanels, 99
Balancing the Load, 106

5. The Art of Grounding, 1
A Grounding/Bonding System, 110
Protection through Grounding, 112
Choosing Grounding Materials, 115
A low-Resistance Panel-to-Earth Ground, 118
What Needs Grounding, 123

6. Wiring Room by Room, 132
Outlet Box Design Location, 134
Pulling Cable in New Construction, 147
Routing Wires in Renovation Work, 157

7. Fuses and Circuit Breakers, 164
Fuses, 166
Circuit Breakers, 169

8. Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters, 176
How a GFCI Works, 178
Ground-Fault Protection, 184
Testing GFCIs, 191
Portable GFCIs, 192

9. Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters, 196
What Is an Arc Fault?, 198
Wiring AFCIs, 201
Troubleshooting an AFC Circuit, 203

10. Receptacles and Boxes, 206
Receptacle Boxes, 207
Receptacles, 217
Polarity, 221
Wiring and Installation, 223

11. Switches, 232
Switch Boxes, 234
Types of Switches, 239
Light Dimmers, 248

12. Wiring Fixtures, 254
Choose the Right Box, 255
Incandescent Lights, 258
Fluorescent lights, 259
Ceiling Pans, 261
Smoke Detectors, 268
Track Lighting, 269
Outdoor Light Fixtures, 270
Recessed Lights, 274

13. Wiring Appliances, 276
Kitchen Appliances, 277
Baseboard Heaters, 282
Electric Wall Heaters, 286
Utility-Room Appliances, 287
Submersible Pumps, 291
Whirlpool Tubs and Spas, 293

14. Lightning and Surge Protection, 294
Induced Voltage, 296
Utility and In-House Surge Creators, 297
Phone and Coaxial Cable Protection, 306
Protecting Pumps, 308

15. Standby Generators, 312
History of Incorrect Connections, 313
Transfer-Switch Style, 314
From Generator to Switch, 319
Picking a Generator, 321
Automatic Generators, 325

Index, 326

About the Author:

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.

Published 2010
330 Pages
8-1/2 x 11 in.


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