Synopses & Reviews
Home wiring made simple! The latest edition in our popular Smart Guide® Series untangles the mystery of electricity and wiring for the home. Easy-to-follow instructions - updated to conform to the latest National Electrical Code -guide homeowners through the basics of home wiring, including how to safely and effectively work with wiring and descriptions of the tools that will make the job easier. Homeowners learn how their home electrical system works, the different types of cables found in the home, and how to make simple electrical connections. Chapters on switches, receptacles, plugs, cords, lamps, ceiling fixtures, thermostats, and outdoor wiring provide information on installing and repairing these electrical components.
- More than 250 color illustrations on installing and repairing roofing and flashing- Over 25 color photographs- Clear, concise step-by-step instructions for do-it-yourselfers to follow- Select and work with the right roofing material, such as asphalt, wood, slate, tile, and metal- Install flashing material around chimneys, vent pipes, skylights, and roof valleys- Identify and repair both simple and more complicated roof leaks- Plan and install adequate attic ventilation- Comprehensive index and glossary of important terms.
More than 250 color illustrations are featured in this book on installing andrepairing roofing and flashing.
Simple installation is covered as well as roof repair--both accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions--making this book the perfect resource for the weekend do-it-yourselfer.
Smart Guide Wiring
This Smart Guide shows you how to install fixtures and make wiring repairs with the expertise of a professional.
More than 200 full-color illustrations
Over 40 color photographs
Clear, concise step-by-step instruction
Tips that help you save time, effort, and money
Essential information to help you add value to your home
Provides homeowners with instructions on how to make simple electrical repairs: repairing switches, receptacles, lamps, ceiling fixtures, and thermostats. 226 illustrations and 42 photos.
Table of Contents
Smart Guide: Wiring
Table of Contents
Chapter 1WIRING SYSTEMS...5 How Electricity Works The Working Tools Mapping Circuits Overloads & Shorts Changing Cartridge Fuses
Chapter 2TECHNIQUES...13 Wire Basics Selecting Wire by Insulation Wire (Cable) Connectors How to Strip Off Wire Insulation Making Wire Splices Working with Flexible Clad Cable (BX) Working with Nonmetallic Cable Working with Aluminum Wire
Chapter 3SWITCHES...25 Types of Switches Working with Single-Pole Switches Single-Pole to Fixture Single-Pole Switch to Control Fixture; Constant Power to Outlet Single-Pole Switch to Control Light & Outlet; Power through Fixture Single-Pole Switch to Control Outlet Only Single-Pole Switch to Control Split Outlet; Power through Outlet Adding or Replacing Three-Way Switches Two Switches to Control One Fixture; Power through a Switch Box Two Switches to Control One Fixture; Power through Fixture Fixture between Two Three-Way Switches; Power through Switch Fixture between Three-Way Switches; Power Source at Light Two Three-Way Switches to Control Two Fixtures; Power through Switch Two Three-Way Switches to Control Two Fixtures; Power through Fixture Two Three-Way Switches to Control End-of-Run Fixtures End-Wired Fixtures; Power from Fixture Installing Fluorescent Dimmer Switches
Chapter 4RECEPTACLES...43 Replacing Receptacles Replacing a Side-Wired Receptacle
Chapter 5PLUG REPAIRS...47 Replacing Plugs & Cords Replacing a Standard Plug Replacing a Molded Plastic Plug
Chapter 6LAMP REPAIRS...51 Rewiring a Lamp Replacing Multisocket Lamp Switches
Chapter 7CEILING FIXTURES...57 Changing a Ceiling Fixture Track Lighting Connecting Track Lights to House Power Fluorescent Fixtures Replacing a Fluorescent Ballast Installing a Fluorescent Fixture Repairing Fluorescents Ceiling Fans Installing Ceiling Fans
Chapter 8HVAC CONTROLS...69 Replacing the Thermostat Adding a Programmable Thermostat Installing a Programmable Thermostat
Chapter 9OUTDOOR WIRING...73 Outdoor Electrical Projects Installing Outlets Directly into Interior Installing Outlets Using Conduit Installing Outlets Away from the House