Electrical Wiring Residential: Based On The 2005 National Electric Code Paperback – Dec 7 2004
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UNIT 1 General lnformatlon for Electrical lnstallatlons. UNIT 2 Electrical Symbols and Outlets. UNIT 3 Determlnlng the Required Number and Locatlon of Lightlng and Small Appliance Clrcuits. UNlT 4 Conductor Sizes and Types.Wring Methods.Wire Connections.Voltage Drop, and Neutral Sizing for Services Conductors. UNlT 5 Switch Control of Lighting Circuits.Receptacle Bonding and Induction Heating Resulting from Unusual Switch Connections. UNlT 6 Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters.Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters.Transient Voltage Surge Suppressors.Immersion Detection Circuit Interrupters, and Appliance Leakage Detectors. UNIT 7 Luminaires (Fixtures).Ballasts and Lamps. UNlT 8 Lightlng Branch-Circuit for the Front Bedroom. UNIT 9 Lighting Branch-Circuit for the Master Bedroom. UNIT 10 Lightlng Branch. Circuit-Bathrooms, Hallway. UNIT 11 Lighting Branch-Circuit-Front Entry.Porch. UNIT 12 Lighting Branch-Circuit and Small Appliance Circuits for the Kitchen. UNIT 13 Lightlng Branch-Circuit for the Living Room. UNIT 14 Lighting Branch-Circuit for the Study/Bedroom. UNlT 15 Dryer Outlet and Lighting Circuit for the Laundry. Powder Room. Rear Entry Hall and Attic. UNIT 16 Lighting Branch-Circuit for the Garage. UNIT 17 Recreation Room. UNIT 18 Llghtlng Branch Circuit, Receptacle Circuits for Workshop. UNIT 19 Special-Purpose Outlets. Water Pump. Water Heater. UNIT 20 Special-Purpose Outlets for Ranges. Counter-Mounted Cooking Units and Wall-Mounted Ovens. UNIT 21 Special-Purpose Outlets - Food Waste Disposers and Dishwashers. UNlT 22 Special-Purpose Outlets for the Bathroom Ceiling Heat/Vent/Lights, Attic Fans, Hydromassage Tubs. UNIT 23 Special Purpose Outlets - Electric Heating, Air Conditioning. UNIT 24 Gas and Oil Central Heating Systems. UNlT 25 Television. Telephone and Low-Voltage Signal Systems. UNlT 26 Smoke, Heat, and Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Security Systems. UNIT 27 Service-Entrance Equipment. UNlT 28 Overcurrent Protection-Fuses and Circuit Breakers. UNIT 29 Service-Entrance Calculations. UNIT 30 Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Hydromassage Baths. UNIT 31 Wiring for the Future: Home Automation Systems. UNIT 32 Standby Power Systems. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Ray C. Mullin is a former electrical instructor for the Wisconsin Schools of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education. Prior to his retirement, he served as district manager, regional manager, regional vice president, and ultimately director technical liaison for a major electrical manufacturer. He also served on the NFPA Code Making Panel 4 of the National Electrical Code. A former journeyman and supervisor for residential, commercial, and industrial installations, he has taught electrical apprentice and journeyman courses, conducted numerous technical and Code seminars, written many articles for electrical trade publications, and consulted for electrical equipment manufacturers on legal issues. A former member of the Executive Board of the Western Section of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and National Fire Protection Association, Electrical Section. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Colorado State University.
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1. Electrical Wiring Residential - by Mullin
2. Wiring a House (for Pros by Pros) - by Cauldwell
3. Complete Guide to Home Wiring (Black and Decker)
Unfortunately I have to say that I found this (Mullin's book) to not be user friendly. While I think there is a wealth of information within the book, it is not organized in a very logical manner and tends to be filled with pages of details that aren't that meaningful for most readers.
For example, Chapter two spends quite a bit of time discussing electrical symbols commonly found on an electrical plan [how many people really need to know this?]. Then, intermixed in Chapter two is information of the number of wires in a box, selecting the right size box, etc. [important info for most people doing a wiring job]. Further, the specific NEC code is typically co-mingled with other [often not important] information throughout chapters, making it very hard to easily find code requirements on a specific topic. Point being, the book isn't logically organized, basically to the point of being distracting.
My recommendation to the author would be to have chapters laid out in a more logic manner (i.e. a chapter on a specific topic, e.g. a chapter on wire, a chapter on boxes, a chapter on lighting, a chapter on recetacles, etc.) and to have a consistent approach to where the code requirements would be found in each chapter (e.g. at the end of the chapter), so it is is always easy for the reader to find.
As side note, this book does not have any information on old wire and minimal information on doing a rewire project. Further, it does little to provide meaningful and helpful/practical hints.
I personally preferred Cauldwell's Wiring a House (for Pros by Pros). In my opinion, Cauldwell's book focuses more on giving the information you will TRULY need to know to get a job done. I got much more out of the approximate 200 pages in Cauldwell's book than the 700 pages in Mullin's book. Cauldwell's book is better organized, more on point, and written in far clearer language. Further, while Cauldwell's book respects and presents the code, he takes it further by providing best practices ("above code") and also provides many helpful/practical hints.
To the extent you want a book that has every detail on the topic of residential electrical (such as a several paragraph explanation of why code uses the term "Luminaire" rather than "Light Fixture"), then this is a book for you. If you want a book that gives the information you need to get the majority of residential jobs done AND delivers this information in a manner that is concise and easy to understand... then I recommend a different book, such as Cauldwell's book noted above.
"Wiring a House" by Rex Cauldwell. This was a good book for learning how to plan out the wiring for my projects, it has excellent photographs and how to information. I especially like his "above code" suggestions for making your wiring more useful and safer.
Another suggestion is the Black and Decker Wiring book, it is very good at showing the basics of wiring and has good color photographs. I think it is much better than the Home Depot book.
There is also a handy little book (and cheap!) called "Step by Step Guidebook on Home Wiring Diagrams" by Ray McReynolds. It is a small orange book I found at Home Depot and have seen at other home improvement stores. This book is not flashy and is easily overlooked or dismissed, it just has black and white drawings of wiring diagrams for just about every wiring situation a homeowner could get into, like three way and 4 way switches, outlets, lights ect. This book also shows different ways to wire all these devices, such as when the power comes in at the switch or comes in at the light ect.
The bottom line, if you are doing any complex wiring in your home and want to be code compliant this is a good book for you. If you are just looking for how to wire switches and outlets, buy the Black and Decker book and the little home wiring diagram book. Happy Wiring!
It has too many illustrations of things already familiar to homeowners, such as examples of commonly available receptacles, circuit interrupters, and illuminaries (courtesy of xyz corp.), and it makes too many generalizations about what a "common" residence will be like, instead of sticking strictly to the letter of the NEC.
It might be good for new work, where the person has the freedom to follow new codes, and can redesign the house to follow the new codes and new styles, but for someone who is trying to improve on old work while sticking to the code, this book is a disappointment.
Buy this book for new work only.
This well-organized book does a wonderful job of reviewing different types of installations and discussing the practical aspects of completeing the project within the requirements of the code. The explanations always reference the code so that you can find more details or the exact tables involving the work you're completing.
The book approaches the code in sections, starting with a discussion of the code itself, then moving to reading electrical diagrams as commonly found on blueprints. The book covers simple wiring for switches and lights, branch circuits, and two-phase circuits for large appliances. In all sections, the book throroughly describes physical installation requirements and explains the different conduit, wire types, and boxes that can be used.
The balance of the book discusses near-water installations, special purpose outlets, low-voltage installations and HVAC-related work. The book also includes discussions of service entrance work on both the service side and the load side, as well as stand-by power systems.
The book is well-indexed and includes a good glossary.
Throughout, this book is very well written, with very clear examples and explanations. It is easy to find information you need to work on your project.
I'd review this book with five stars except for one issue: it's not clear from any of the descriptions that the book is a textbook. Each chapter ends with a set of example problems and questions, but does not provide answers to the exercises within the book. Instead, the reader must pursue the instructor's manual -- which can't be ordered at Amazon, and also can't be ordered directly from the Thompson/Delmar site; presumably, it's only available to bona fide teachers.
The exercises can mostly be answered by carefully studying the material of the chapters. But for a book that describes itself as a "trusted resource", I'd expect solved examples, not quiz questions as in a student textbook.
Despite the fact that this is really a text book, there's plenty of reasons to buy and use the book if you're not a student. It does a great job of explaining the code with practical, current examples, good drawings, and clear pictures of real products.
Update (6/26/06): I've gotten through about 1/3 of the book now and continue to be impressed. The way the chapters are organized makes it very easy to learn the code. I did go out and buy the NEC Residential Handbook (2005) so I could reference it as I read through this book since some of the tables aren't reprinted (probably for copy right reasons). Even without the NEC, the book explains the codes and regulations very well. The more I read of this book, the better it gets.
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