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"Which?" Book of Wiring and Lighting [Paperback]

Mike Lawrence
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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27 April 2000 "Which?" Consumer Guides
Whether you've just moved into your home or have lived there for years, the chances are that you could benefit from some changes to the electrical system. Extra lights can make life easier in the kitchen and give the option of different effects in a home. This text aims to provide all the information needed to carry out any wiring job safely and to professional standards. Illustrated throughout with clear photographs and diagrams, the book introduces the tools and equipment needed for electrical work and teaches all the necessary techniques needed step-by-step. 36 wiring projects and guidelines for planning a complete rewire, plus a useful fault-finding secion are included.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books; 4th Revised edition edition (27 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852028172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852028179
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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86 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well laid out and very informative!! 23 Mar 2002
I wanted as much information as possible to help with a complete rewire but thought I'd start with a book that gave me the basic information in an easy to read book. This book gave me both!! Clear diagrams, photographs and explanations is helping me through a complete rewire of the whole house including additional external circuits for my workshop. Everything i need to know before calling out the Electricity board to test and connect me up.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric wiring ciruits clearly explained. 11 July 2003
This is a very well writen book, for those wishing to re-wire, add to exsisting or just understand home electical circuits.
It covers, in easy to understand terms, the whole gambit of elecrical instillations.
I'm sure those interested in or about to under go electrical work, will find this book invaluable.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tackle a complete rewire with this book 28 Feb 2001
By nickp
Perfect for DIY geeks.
I managed to rewire a complete house using this book as a guide. The only problem is some small changes have been made to the regulations (like using red sleeving for all lighting connections, not just red insulating tape) and it's not too clear on sizes required for earthing. However, my install was approved by an electrician with little hassle.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good all round informative book for the layman 1 April 2002
I found the book to be very informative and easy to understand. It gave me the confidence to carry out some of my own wiring projects ie house to garage power connection, shaver socket in the bathroom and additional lighting.
The book is very well illustated and has a wealth of useful tips. Above all the book is upto date.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I found the Which book of wiring and lighting to be very informative, with easy to follow pictures and diagrams:
It was well laid out and dispelled any fears about a subject that is actually easier to get to grips with than most imagine, just remember to turn the power off at the mains!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Clear & Concise for the 'beginner' 29 Jun 2003
Very informative, good detailed descriptions and photographs for anybody wishing to 'dabble' in domestic DIY mains wiring. Alterations to any circuits 'should' be carried out in-line with the current IEE wiring regulations. If in doubt, and to be on the safe side, consult a qualified electrician before commencing any electrical work.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to domestic wiring 16 May 2001
This book is fine for the diyer who wants to improve his/her electrical system. good explanation and clear diagrams. the only bad thing about the book is the lack of a basic introduction to testing. No mention of the industry standard "megger" test. Ok for the smaller project but for things like rewires call a qualified sparky.
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I was unable to find an up-to-date version of this. Although written in the nineties and not complying with the latest regs, this is still one of the best guides to DIY wiring in the home being packed with practical advice and examples. You just need to interpret it in the light of the latest regs. If an updated version did become available then I would buy it and award it five stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book.
as i have been updating my house, i found this book very with my improvements, and would recomend it to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Book
I am a keen DIYer found it very useful and easy to understand, also my son has just started as a apprentise electrician he finds it useful for his college homework.
Published 6 months ago by Melvin Passmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help.
I purchased this book for advice about rewiring my house. With the help of the easy to follow instructions I managed to do the work myself and got a qualified electrician to check... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tangerine dream
1.0 out of 5 stars not happy
I orded this book and they sent me the complete wrong book they said send back for refund they can keep the money i put other book in the bin what a joke what a dam joke
Published 11 months ago by ian
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!
Only giving it one star because the site won't let me give it zero.

This book is hopelessly out of date, and should not under any circumstances be purchased.
Published 18 months ago by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars They sent the wrong book!
If the correct item cant be sent then whats the point of using this service, this was to e a present so i was Disappointed!
Published 18 months ago by Andy Wray
5.0 out of 5 stars electrics
Excellent book bought to help rewiring my kitchen. Though the book is dated it suited my purposes and showd the way for my lighting circuits.
Published on 14 May 2009 by mr david chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for D.I.Y'er
This is an excellent book for a keen (but novice) DIYer. The book contains step-by-step written instruction, with some wiring diagrams and clear, helpful pictures of electrical... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2009 by Square Ball
1.0 out of 5 stars you will not receive it.
cannot realy comment on this book as I ordered paid for it but never received it. All my emails were left unanswered. Dont buy anything from him.
Published on 29 April 2008 by Colin Murray
2.0 out of 5 stars pictures are useless
purcahsed this book to help with installing outside light and ceiling lights, instructions are not very clear and pictures are nearly useless as it is impossible to detect where... Read more
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