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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2014
Brought this book for my husband who did an diploma in electrical contracting and installations in the 1990s and did all his own domestic electrical tasks to the IEE 16th Edition including inspection and testing. He has not done any major installation tasks for a number of years and wants to refresh his technical skills to 17th Edition and Part P Building Regulations. This book is ideal as it covers most domestic scenarios and basic calculations and testing procedures etc in a not to mathematically technical manner. Very well written and for someone like my husband who had the technical and other skills years ago but needed to refresh knowledge and understanding to comply with current regulations a brilliant book highly recommend. The only thing he said is he thinks the current part p regulations are a little OTT in some of the projects that require permission to proceed like installing an outside light. This is a basic job for a competent person to undertake in a safe manner to 17th edition regulations without the need or expense of paying the council and an electrician test and issue a certificate, this adds about another 400% in costs to the project. This comment in no way reflects the contents of the book which is brilliant and well worth purchasing
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
I've been fortunate to teach electrical installation within FE for several years and even though there are several books to help students with their studies these are designed around the electrical course syllabus. Whilst a great help I've found that the students have always wanted the books to focus on the domestic installation side of electrical installation without the science bits. At last there is a book that now helps in this much sort after area. The book is well written with many photos to help explain many of the areas of domestic installation with Chapters on "dealing with the cables", "earthing systems", "cable selection" (always a challenging area) and "installation methods" which covers subjects such as "How to terminate Steel Wire Armour (S.W.A) cable" (which when coupled with Mark Longley's detailed Practical Skills videos on You Tube makes it much easier to follow), how to wire various "lighting circuits" finishing on how to perform the essential "Inspection and testing" of the electrics . I've even gone as far as showing my students the book and they agreed that it was very good and worth purchasing (which I'm sure they will). I'm even planning on adding it to my students book list for next year. So if you are seriously considering tackling wiring your own house or wish to improve your knowledge and understanding of domestic installations then look no further than this book.
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Contrary to one reviewer it does detail exactly how to make sure you are working on a switched off circuit and I would advise you follow the advice to the letter. Only disappointment is the slightly sketchy coverage of lighting circuits and exactly which wires need to be where. Some of the diagrams state that they have "omitted the earth wires for clarity" - that to me is very dangerous as to incorrectly connect them could be fatal! There are thankfully plenty of complete diagrams elsewhere online to make sure all connections are right. Good book for a beginner but I would recommend further reading before attempting any electrical work in the home. Also remember that it is a criminal offence to not notify Building Control/Reg's before commencing work if you are not part of a self certification scheme!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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 ;)
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on 27 November 2014
This is my fourth book by Chris,and I haven't found any other books that come close to the in-depth detail that he writes. I would say that this book is more of the practical experience required in domestic wiring, which I think complements his other titles. I actually attended Central Sussex college and gained my level 3 in electrical but to my disappointment never met Chris but I'd like to shake his bloody hand! 😄
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on 5 December 2014
Great easy to understand book from the basics up including building regs.
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on 17 April 2015
A very handy book to have with lots of info. Thank you.
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on 4 December 2014
Good book covers all aspects of electrical wotkd
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on 7 September 2014
prompt delivery. as described. excellent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2014
Easy reading, interesting details concerning the wiring regulations. The photograph are self explanatory. In fact I would strongly recommend this book to someone aspiring to do some minor changes to their home, Aug 2014
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