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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; 5 edition (28 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162710674X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627106740
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 2.1 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,190,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Updated classic. Wiring a House: 5th Edition, is a must-have reference on home wiring essential for homeowners, electricians, and apprentices. You'll find all the information is updated to the latest electrical code and contains significant revisions that impact residential work, including: Expanded AFCI and GFCI protection in homes New approaches to ensure the safety of photovoltaic (PV) electrical systems New methods to distribute low voltage power New DC provisions designed to save energy lost in conversion from AC Updated to the 2014 NEC (current through 2017) Written in plain language. Author Rex Cauldwell shares his wealth of experience in a simple, straightforward manner. He covers all the basics from idiot-proof advice on how to keep track of your tools cart them in bins in a little red wagon to the highly technical aspects of wiring, and tried-and-true industry tips. Current and accurate information. Wiring a House is a comprehensive guide written by a master electrician with over 37 years of experience. An indispensable reference for keeping pros up-to-date, it also provides apprentices and homeowners an accessible reference with the latest information: 350 full-color photographs 120 instructive illustrations Plus information on lighting, inverters, and electrical vehicle chargers. "

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Not appropriate content at all for modern UK standards. This does not meet UK building or electrical regulations.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9415fccc) out of 5 stars 68 reviews
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HASH(0x94fa5984) out of 5 stars Good book, lots of tips 13 Oct. 2014
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a homeowner who is getting ready to re-wire a home. I have the 4th edition of this book and decided to get the updated 5th addition since it includes updates for the 2014 NEC code cycle, which my area has adopted (I still have to look up the local amendments).

This is a good book for a homeowner who is going to be wiring/re-wiring a house, or someone who is learning about electrical installations. It is not a substitution for knowing the NEC or hiring a qualified electrician, but is a good reference. There are other books that I have to supplement this resource, such as a copy of the NEC, the Black and Decker "Complete guide to wiring" as well as some older reference materials. This book by far has a lot of good tips, tricks, and experience packed in that the other books do not contain.

Couple notes:
(- 1/2 star) One of the key points in chapter 6 is a note about shop tools and freezers not being permitted to be in front of GFCI receptacles, but there is no elaboration on this bullet point in this chapter, nor in the GFCI Chapter.

Also the stocking up section would be much better if he used total footage for the supplies rather than the number of rolls (since 1000' rolls of 12/2 and 14/2 wire are sold). Maybe a note about using these 1000' spools in comparison to the 250' rolls would be helpful too.

(- 1/2 star) With expanded use of AFCI in the 2014 NEC, some areas of the home (specifically the Kitchen) require both AFCI and GFCI protection, and there are no tips, sage advice, or strategies outlined on this topic, which is disappointing given that there is so much other good, useful and handy tips he provides. Perhaps due to the lack of actual installations that he has 1st hand experience with.

I do recommend this to anyone involved with building, remodeling, or retrofitting a home's wiring system. The technical information you can find in most how-to books, like the Black and Decker book, or the Wiring 1-2-3 book from home depot. This book really shines when it comes to the knowledge, tips, and tricks that Rex shares as part of his experience from being an electrician. It also has a comprehensive chapter on Grounding, which is more detailed than any other book I've seen to date.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9405690c) out of 5 stars Wiring a House: 5th Edition is Well Written and Remarkably Useful. 27 Nov. 2014
By Ralph C. Pond - Published on Amazon.com
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I have many years of DIY electrical remodeling and repair experience, but have never wired a new home. I bought this book to help me prepare to wire a new home we are building, including compliance with the new AFCI requirements. It is intuitively organized and employs crisp, plain language. It is apparent to me that the author's claim at p. 6 of his Introduction is true: "It is a book written by an electrician who has been there, got his hands dirty, and done the work." Cauldwell is also a clear thinker and writer, who included in this book the thorough instruction I was hoping to obtain. I give it 5 stars without reservation.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9434039c) out of 5 stars This was my favorite electrical book 3 May 2015
By Simon P. Pereira - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my favorite electrical book. It stood out for me because it was really about wiring a whole house, which is what I needed to do. It included sections on designing the circuit layouts and the service entrance. Many other books seemed focused only on renovations and assumed that the serious electrical work was already done. The Author, Rex Cauldwell, also has a great reputation and brings both his experience as a master electrician (and plumber) and his degree in Electronic Engineering to this book. He tells you how to meet the code, and then common sense ways you should exceed it. The explanations and images are excellent (pictures on every page). The book is actually a fun read with humor sprinkled throughout and as a result, I was able to read it much more quickly than some of the other books.

I checked out a number of electrical books from the library and read them all thru... This was the only one that I decided to go back and buy on Amazon.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x946c3168) out of 5 stars Outstanding information, nicely presented. 24 Jun. 2015
By Northsider - Published on Amazon.com
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Best book on residential electrical wiring I've ever encountered. It's great for the DIY crowd and professionals alike. I read a previous edition via my local public library, and I recently purchased this more recent edition. It's an excellent addition to my home improvement resources. The real-world stories and tips as learning points are very much appreciated. So much better than books that talk about everything under ideal conditions without any regard for the actual amount of time and effort involved.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9443141c) out of 5 stars This is the single best book for someone to learn how to wire a ... 28 Nov. 2015
By Toby267 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the 2002 edition of this book, and found it to be dated. I borrowed this version from the library, and found it to be so much improved that I bought my own copy

. This is the single best book for someone to learn how to wire a building safely.
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