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Not suitable for DIYer looking to rewire
on 17 April 2015
I bought this book a couple of weeks prior to rewiring my house (first time I've done any wiring). Based on the reviews I read here it sounded ideal. How disappointed I was for the following reasons:
1) Littered with errors in respect of descriptions of diagrams and other grammatical errors which at times make a confusing read
2) More an academic book than practical: for example, lots of background details in supply types but no practical tips on how to plan a wiring job.
3) incredibly (for me, anyway) this book fails to even mentioning how to wire a bathroom EXCEPT for the fact it mentions the zones and then completely fails to show you where the zones are!
4) Almost as bad, nowhere in the book does it mention that in a domestic rewire you kitchen needs to be on a separate ring. Basic stuff, surely?
5) Finally, if this is an academic book, how was it that the explanation of the calculations do darned complex and poorly explained?
Sorry, but this book was close to useless for me (DIYer attempting rewire for a first time).
This review may well attract scorn from more experienced folk or those who teach the work. Fair enough, maybe I chose this book for the wrong job and reasons. However, before saying I clearly don't know what I'm up to I should point out the job I did passed with flying colours when the Sparks came and wired in a new consumer unit and certificate it. I can't be that stupid ;)