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Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm, Commercial & Industrial: Based on the 2011 National Electrical Code [Paperback]

Herbert P. Richter , Frederic P. Hartwell
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March 1 2011 0971977968 978-0971977969 Twenty first Edition, 21st edition

This reference presents a comprehensive and detailed look at the critical revisions in technical topics driven by emerging technology and building-code changes comprise. Starting with a basic overview of the National Electrical Code and its enforcement, this handbook reviews the theory and practice of installing electrical wiring. The guidelines provide an essential context for understanding the major industry segments—residential, farm, commercial, and industrial—and the techniques help to prevent or solve all wiring problems. A wealth of tips and handy tricks offered in a professional, down-to-earth style make this a favorite on-the-job resource. Professional practitioners, students and apprentices, and those seeking more information to wire at home will find everything they need to know about the wiring trade in this handy volume.

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"Each revision of Practical Electrical Wiring aims to educate beginners in the field, yet stimulate those already engaged in electrical work. And, the 16th edition, which conforms to the 1993 NEC, is no different." -- Electrical Apparatus, 5/93 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this completely new version of Practical Electrical Wiring, the entire text has been updated and reorganized by NEC expert Frederic P. Hartwell. He has added vast amounts of new material to meet the requirements of the increased specialization of the electrical trade over the last several years.

Intended audience Practical Electrical Wiring is aimed at the person who wants to make a serious study of the field of electrical wiring—practitioners, students and apprentices, seekers of information about careers in the electrical industry, and general readers who want to learn the basics of the trade in order to do things right and become aware of what they don’t know so they can make a considered decision about how to proceed.

Guide to using this book Practical Electrical Wiring covers all phases of a wiring installation—beginning with the necessary background theory and principles and on to the planning, installing, and finishing of residential, farm, commercial, and industrial jobs. Readers of previous editions will note a more advanced level of discussion reflecting the greater technical complexities of today. All new drawings and illustrations plus a new page design make instructions easier to follow and understand.

To help you progress in your knowledge and skills, the book is divided into three parts—Wiring Principles; Residential and Farm Wiring; Commercial and Industrial Wiring. All three parts feature step-by-step instructions for quality work, with 475 drawings and photographs to enhance understanding.

Part 1, WIRING PRINCIPLES, provides the basic foundation for the parts that follow—the safety, practical, and legal considerations involved in wiring decisions and practices. This is essential reading before undertaking any electrical work. The standards and codes that help ensure safety are explained. Selecting proper conductors and how to connect them is covered in detail, followed by how to safely ground the installation. Specific wiring methods and their latest NEC rules are detailed. The explanation of how electrical power is measured and delivered to users connects your installation to the broader picture and helps in understanding regional variations in electric rates. Chapters on planning residential installations, principles of good lighting, and an overview of residential and farm motors conclude Part 1. The principles and theory presented in Part 1 provide the background that can be applied to solving problems that may be encountered in unique situations.

Part 2, RESIDENTIAL AND FARM WIRING, puts the principles established in Part 1 to work in the kind of wiring installations most commonly encountered in homes and on farms. Materials and step-by-step techniques are covered for every phase of the installation from installing and grounding service equipment, to roughing in a variety of outlets, and finishing with outlets, switches, and receptacles. Separate chapters cover specialized topics including limited-energy wiring, multi-circuits, old work, farms, on-site power generation, RVs and parks, and apartment buildings.

Part 3, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL WIRING, opens with Hartwell’s unique approach to understanding one of the primary responsibilities in the electrical trade—selecting the minimum allowable size of wire for a given load. This chapter is followed by discussions of how wiring methods, planning, and lighting differ for nonresidential installations compared with the residential and farm installations covered earlier in the book. The chapter on the wiring of motors in commercial and industrial applications (at not over 600 volts) builds on the motor basics provided in Part 1. The final chapter gives a preview of more advanced work in wiring specific installations that should be undertaken only by those who have had much experience with more ordinary installations detailed in Parts 1 and 2, or who have received expert training on installations similar to those in this chapter. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need to wire your house Dec 4 1998
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We bought this hoping to get ideas for wiring our new house. With only this book we were able to wire our entire new house - from setting the power at the street - to wiring our well . Not only were we able to wire our entire house - it passed inspection on the first try with no corrections . A very valuable book for home owners and builders.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date... Aug. 29 2013
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I have not gone through the full book as of yet, but from what I read the material is old, poorly written and lacks diagrams/examples. I would not recommend this book for someone looking to learn current information in the electrical trades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PRACTICAL ELECTRICAL WIRING - 18th Ed. Feb. 27 2002
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This new (18th) edition of Practical Electrical Wiring is an excellent guide to basic (and also not-so-basic)residential, farm and commercial electrical wiring. It has been completely updated from the 17th edition, and reflects the latest changes in the 2002 National Electrical Code.
The text covers an astonishing range of subjects, from the basics of volts and amperes to some very solid material on grounding, wiring methods, residential service, and conductor sizing.
This book is quite different from the typical Sunset do-it-yourself guides that one picks up at Home Depot. It will not tell you how to rewire Aunt Sophie's favorite lamp. It will tell you about residential branch circuits, overcurrent devices (fuses and circuit breakers), outlet and switch boxes, residential and nonresidential lighting, special appliance circuits, safety, wiring methods, electric motors, and a great deal more.
It has an excellent section on how to modernize old work, including how to run wiring through ceilings, walls, and from floor-to-floor. And in case you've forgotten how, it also has a clear illustration of how to tie an Underwriter's Knot (see page 355)!
This really is an excellent book, obviously written by a person who has many years of practical experience and knows what he is talking about. It would serve well as a vocational school text and as a fine general reference book for the homeowner and for journeyman electrician.
To round it out, it is well illustrated, has useful NEC ampacity and load tables in the appendices, and has a very comprehensive index.
79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need to wire your house Dec 4 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
We bought this hoping to get ideas for wiring our new house. With only this book we were able to wire our entire new house - from setting the power at the street - to wiring our well . Not only were we able to wire our entire house - it passed inspection on the first try with no corrections . A very valuable book for home owners and builders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Codes in plain English Oct. 17 2005
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Frederic Hartwell gets my highest praise for taking a complex subject and presenting it in an orderly and understandable manner. From home wiring to industrial 3 phase circuits Mr. Hartwell provides sound information without sacrificing readablity. I have supervised an instrument and electrical department for a public utility for 18 years and found that the material presented in this book filled in a lot of the holes in my own knowledge. I think you would be hard pressed to find a better or more readable text on practical electrical circuits, devices and wiring techniques.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Step-by-Step Guide on Professional Techniques and "tricks of the trade" July 14 2006
By David De Sousa - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an excellent reference for anyone who is engaged in electrical work of any kind. This edition is updated with the latest National Electrical Code.

What makes this book so good is that it is written in clear, and simple language, full of helpful examples, techniques, tables, shortcuts, illustrations, quick calculation methods, and tips, allowing the do-it-yourselfer as well as the professional practitioner, to do their job right, taking into account all the "safety must". The book covers completely all requirements for over current protection, grounding and installation applied to all commonly used wiring methods.

As it was the case with previous editions, this book is organized in three Parts. Part 1 presents the fundamentals of electrical work, terminology, basic principles, and theory behind general practice. Part 2 deals with the actual wiring of residential buildings and farms. Part 3 covers the actual wiring of nonresidential buildings, like factories, schools, stores, commercial and industrial buildings.

Absolutely a must have if you deal with electrical work.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book for All-Purpose Electrical Wiring. Sept. 22 2006
By Magickal Merlin - Published on Amazon.com
If you need an excellent book for understanding domicile wiring and most other applications,then PEW is for you.The NEC book reads like Black's Law Dictionary ,fairly dry and abstract information.This electrical reference is the most facilitative wiring book ,i had the pleasure to read through yet.The most dependable wiring information listed around.
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