The Homeowner's DIY Guide to Electrical Wiring [Book]People deserve to be safe from electrical hazards everywhere, and protection is especially important in homes. Throughout the Pocket Guide, requirements are listed in the same order they're followed during a typical installation, to help you improve your efficiency and accuracy! This quick on-the-job reference has been specifically designed to provide the most commonly required electrical wiring information for residential work in an easy-to-read, easy-to-access format. The perfect tool for electricians, contractors, designers, instructors, students, and do-it-yourself home owners, Ugly's Residential Wiring saves you time and money by granting you instant access to specific rules, symbols and Code requirements for wiring dwellings to ensure your job stays on task and passes inspection the first time. It brings together all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy and electrical provisions for one- and two-family residences.
Electric wiring->Amateurs' manuals: Books
I have seen many books written about residential electrical wiring but these are my favorites. If you want to learn about the process and look at superb close-up photography, then two books by Rex Cauldwell are for you. Wiring a House For Pros by Pros. Rex Cauldwell. Taunton Press. This book teaches you about electricity, how it works, gets to your house, enters the house and then is distributed throughout your home. Rex is an expert electrician and tells it like it is in the Introduction of the book.
An electrical circuit is a continuous loop. Household circuits carry electricity from the main service panel, throughout the house, and back to the main service panel. Several switches, receptacles, light fixtures, or appliances may be connected to a single circuit. Current enters a circuit loop on hot wires and returns along neutral wires. These wires are color coded for easy identification. If a circuit carries too much current, it can overload. A fuse or a circuit breaker protects each circuit in case of overloads.
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I just put up a 28 x 40 pole barn and to save money I am going to wire it myself before the electrician comes out to hook up the power. I have done some small electrical projects, but nothing this big. One corner of the building will house my food processing area which will operate my stuffers, meat saws and slicers, etc I will want an outlet on the outside of the building to operate my small smoker, when doing smaller batches. Many of the books I've seen are basic how - to wiring general receptacles , lights , dishwashers , bathroom GFCI , etc. You might discuss with your electrician about the requirements and layout.