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Collins Complete Wiring and Lighting [Paperback]

Albert Jackson , David Day
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Book Description

27 May 2010

A completely revised, redesigned and updated edition of the number one guide to home wiring and lighting, now in handy paperback format.

Contains comprehensive and up-to-date information on the new electrical regulations.

Whether you’re changing a fuse, inserting a light fitting or rewiring an entire room, Collins Wiring and Lighting contains all the information you need to complete the job simply and safely.

Now in paperback, this new edition includes information on all the new products, techniques and electrical regulations, allowing you to make home improvements cheaply and easily.

With over 250 colour illustrations and photographs and clear, step-by-step instructions, this book will help you turn your good intentions into a job well done!

contents include:

• emergency repairs

• uses and plugs

• complete wiring

• light fittings and fixtures

• identifying faults and maintenance

• safety tips

• tools for the job


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Product details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007364571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007364572
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Collins Complete Wiring & Lighting contains the most detailed, comprehensive and up-to-date advice available on home wiring and lighting.

This fully revised and updated edition has been extensively rewritten to include information on new products, techniques and regulations.

Whether you’re changing a fuse, inserting a light fitting or completely rewiring a room, this book contains all the information you need to get the job done safely and with the minimum of fuss.

Contents include:
• emergency repairs
• fuses, sockets and plugs
• cables and circuits
• wiring
• light fittings and fixtures
• identifying faults and maintenance
• safety tips
• tools for the job

With over 400 illustrations and photographs, and clear step-by-step instructions, Collins Complete Wiring and Lighting will help you turn your good intentions into a job well done.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Albert Jackson is an acclaimed writer on DIY, home improvement and maintenance. With David Day, he has made many television appearances, and has presented two major BBC series on furniture making and renovation. His best-selling books include the Collins Complete DIY Manual, Collins Complete Woodworkers Manual and Collins Home Restoration Manual.



Albert Jackson and David Day are the authoritative writers on DIY, home improvement and maintenance. They have made many television appearances, and have presented two major BBC series on furniture making and renovation. Their best-selling books include the Collins Complete DIY Manual, Collins Complete Woodworkers Manual and Collins Home Restoration Manual.


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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A complaint 10 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
What a disappointment!
What a brilliant book the Collins Complete DIY is, good drawings, instructions the whole works.
Hoping that the Collins Wiring Guide would take a more
specialist view of wiring I ordered that as well.
Big Disappointmnet. This is a perfect copy of the electrical section of the Complete Manual page for page diagram for diagram... what a cheat!
Moreover when you try to point this out to Amazon there is no way to contact them...and then they do not pay postage either way when you return the book!
What a pity such shoddy sales techniques diminishes the excellent Complete Manual.
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137 of 147 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated! 22 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
I found this book very outdated, does not show any up to date consumer units or fuse boards. I didn't find the book at all helpfull. Well nothing i didn't already know really.
Wouldn't recommend it to anyone putting any new installations in or upgrading any. I felt let down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the not so "complete" guide 22 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought three books. All pretty basic, but all I'm doing is a spot of domestic wiring. This book is pretty good but doesn't come close to the Which? Book of wiring and lighting; unfortunately that was published in 2000 so is out of date. BUT much is still relevant you just need to be very careful with it.
I also bought the "do it home wiring" which frankly is a waste of money.

So Between them most things are covered. The main drawback are consumer units. There was a lot of change in the 17ed regarding these and this is not dealt with in any depth in the Collins book and the material in the Which? book is out of date.

As this is pretty fundamental the Collins book only gets three stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know 7 Dec 2010
By Taz002
Format:Paperback
Good practical book for DIY, plenty of information and pictures/diagrams,bought this 2010 edition to replace my 2006 edition but some of the photos had not been updated to comply with 17th edition electrical regulations i.e photo of consumer unit. Does give details of new building control regulations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic 7 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For the beginner, very basic, too basic for me, suit someone with no knowledge of electrics or how things work
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5.0 out of 5 stars Money Well Spent 6 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is well written and easy to follow instructions that makes jobs a dream to do, This item also arrived within a few days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of info 9 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well a book is a book, this one helps the ideals with a bit more practical help, in doing those basics parts of electrics that can be done, and save monies on all sort of jobs, with is well written book and the internet you can get those little jobs done, always be carefully with electrics, turn the mains off before starting,
Just ready ,take in, the the basics,
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I bought this as well as the full DIY book from Collins and then realised this book is just a reprint of the electrics section of the bigger book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Product
Very good book.
Published 9 days ago by Melvin Passmore
5.0 out of 5 stars you can learn a lot from this book
This is a really helpful book.It is very easy to understand, I would recommend this book to anybody .its excellent and well worth the money
Published 9 months ago by Liddiipeg
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated
This book would be very misleading for students and the general public some of the regulations especially pertaining to the building regulations is some 5 years out of date and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by john the squirrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Domestic Electrics
Despite the change in legislation regarding electrical installation even professionals make mistakes. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. B. H. Bullock
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful publication
having embarked on a complete rewire of our home this book proved to be useful guidance with regards to the 17th addition of the electrical standards
Published 14 months ago by Hotspur
2.0 out of 5 stars Brief,general,not a how-to
This book is thinner than I was expecting, and is not a detailed how-to. It gives an overview of select projects rather than fully detailed instructions in most cases. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jonno
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ WITH HANDY TIPS
IF YOUR LEARNING OR JUST A BUDDING DIYER THEN IS DEFFANTLY A BOOK YOU NEED ON YOUR BOOK SHELF. QUALITY
Published 16 months ago by Mr. C. Roma
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings me up-to-date on the latest wiring specs
Deals with the jobs you have to do so as to keep all your appliances available just when and where you want them
Published 17 months ago by Gaarghoile
5.0 out of 5 stars review of Colins Complete wiring
very good all round, clear diagrams and easy to follow instructions, with all that is required and much more, glad to recommend
Published 17 months ago by Peter
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