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on 7 September 2012
The Sixth edition.

Well, what can I write without working myself up into an angry stew?

This book is a rip-off. Why?

There are a remarkable number multiple duplicated and absolutely identical graphics that the publisher has used to fill the pages.

Just looking through the book for 5 minutes I found these examples: "Proving unit" shown in pages 54, 93, 143, 161 and 185. There are five other graphics, two of which take up an entire page other take between half a page and quarter of a page. These are "Recommended type of test probes", "Hazard risk assessment form" (full page), "Voltage checker", "Secure isolation of supply" and the "Flow chart for secure isolation procedure" (full page). Strangely each of these examples has been duplicated 5 times. There are other duplications but I just can't be bothered with the rest.

Don't get sold by looking at the pages of the book on amazon - the chapter titles are misleading. For example the chapter covering fault finding just lists what information you need rather than help finding faults.
If you have a very short attention span then this book is for you.

In one word - rubbish.
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on 13 February 2015
I don't know what the 2365 exam is like, but some observations about this book:

- It has a good introduction to British regulations. Definitely not comprehensive, but gives an overview of the main statutes and so on, relating to health and safety, building regulations, and a particularly broad range of others too. But because it is so broad, it cannot possibly be a replacement for the regulations themselves.
- It has some fairly advanced electrical topics, but covered in a very understandable way. For example, it covers how to use phasers for calculating impedance of combined reactances. Yet it skips anything to do with imaginary numbers, and quite a few other topics which would be required for a true understanding of the underlying principles. It also confuses (or entirely neglects to explain) the derivation of formulas. I suppose this is acceptable for electricians, but almost certainly not for someone doing a degree in electrical engineering for example.
- Some topics are worryingly inaccurately or misleadingly explained. For example, white light is described as having the combined colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Very misleading.

But assuming this is acceptable for studying the exam, then on the plus side, the book is very easy to read considering the modestly advanced topics covered. The diagrams are very good. Most technical aspects are explained succinctly, although relying on basic understanding of electricity and maths.
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on 25 June 2017
Not a beginners guide at all. Hard to follow and not explained very well. It's like the incoherent ramblings of an electrician. Needs to be more structured and formulated for beginners. It's almost assumed you know these things. Gave up after I was bored to death with reading about legislation and safety. Start with the basics. All that should come later.
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on 26 August 2016
I found this to be a good entry level book with good information, however the advanced book in the set has a lot of repetition and if pushed you could get by just buying the advanced book. However it is well written and does assist. Useful for anyone who is studying the 2330 City and Guilds Electrical courses level 3.
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on 12 December 2014
Our grandson needed this to start an Electrical course at college, he says it's perfect - that's good enough for me - many thanks
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on 15 October 2009
I found this to be a good entry level book with good information, however the advanced book in the set has a lot of repetition and if pushed you could get by just buying the advanced book. However it is well written and does assist. Useful for anyone who is studying the 2330 City and Guilds Electrical courses level 1 and 2.
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on 24 May 2014
If you're in college studying electrical installation, this is the must-have-book, if your lecturer/tutor hasn't told you already, and it's cheaper than getting it from college or WH Smiths
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on 2 March 2015
Bought this book in an aid to my studies. The contents are OK except that I already found a printing issue: on page 219 at 'Permit-to-work' section there is part of article missing regarding the adhering to the eight principles of permits to work. There are only two principles listed after which new topic begins. Just hope this is the first and last of my concerns.
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on 14 September 2014
An excellent resource for my students well laid out and not over complicated when it comes to explaining the science, well worth the buy
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on 15 February 2014
Bought this ages ago and still refer to it occasionally but there will be updated one available now, handy to look things up on a basic and technical nature.
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