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Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm, Commercial & Industrial: Based on the 2011 National Electrical Code Paperback – Mar 1 2011

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Herbert P. Richter was a licensed electrician who wrote the first edition of Practical Electrical Wiring in 1939. Frederic P. Hartwell is nationally known for his expertise on National Electrical Code topics. He is the author of the 15th edition of the American Electricians' Handbook and Wiring Simplified. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Great book for a DIY person Nov. 18 2011
By Darrell Adams - Published on
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I'm not through with the book yet but so far it is an easy read and in a logical order. I have a good understanding of how residential wiring works but this will take you to a new level.

It explains the details of why electricians do what they do with the products they use. How components operate, how to size your conductor and more and more.

I'm putting up a large metal building and I was looking for information on commercial wiring, this book covers it all. Running a sub panel, conduit, how the required AFCI breakers operate and why they are required and where.

Highly recommended.
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Short of the Code, this is the authority on AC wiring March 13 2013
By Tom Lovering - Published on
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Totally up to date, easy to understand. The information is presented in lay terms such that you don't need to be a journeyman electrician to understand it. Everything from home to out buildings to farm to factory is covered by this book. Includes tables for everything you need to know to pass inspection.
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It's all here! Jan. 7 2013
By F. E. Dunnam - Published on
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This new edition appears to answer practically all the questions that might be raised by the home/farm electrician who wants to follow updated Code requirements. Clear explanations are accompanied by useful diagrams.
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Excellent does not even begin!!! Feb. 18 2012
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I am an apprentice electrician who has done a bit of everything. I have a grand desire to LEARN and this book has continually satiated that desire. I have been reading it in conjunction with an illustrated guide to the NEC and can't imagine how anyone could put the practical in written form any better. I strongly suggest this book for anyone who desires to not only be an electrician, but one with a mind towards doing your job safely. Not simply for self-preservation, but for the safety of client and bystander as well. I must confess that I am not finished with the book, but am gleaning loads of wonderful guidance. EXCELLENT!
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Fun easy read Feb. 16 2012
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Several years ago I ( DIY ) wanted to do some advanced electrical work at home and had enough sense to buy a Black and decker home wiring book . What I very quickly realised was how little knowledge I had about safety , wire guages , devices , grounding , panels etcetera . I was hooked I bought many more books my last was wiring a house for pros by pros by Rex Cauldwell ( I wish I could personally thank that man A great book) Practical Electrical Wiring is well written and easy to understand ... I'm too old to become an electrician I never knew I would love the trade ... Money well spent for this book highly recommended ...