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#51678 - 05/07/05 08:08 PM Res. Wiring
NJ Wireman Offline

Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 179
Loc: New Jersey (South Jersey)
Looking for a good book on residential wiring looking to refresh my old school ways? Any one out there know of any? I am taking a course in the fall to cover this topic but would like to study up over the summer. Thanks in advance.

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#51679 - 05/07/05 10:17 PM Re: Res. Wiring
Larry Fine Offline

Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 684
Loc: Richmond, VA
In all seriousness, the number-one book to learn from is the NEC. I've learned more from the code than all other resources combined. Experience provides everything else.

There's more in common between "the old days" and the present than there is that's different; again the NEC is the best reference around. The greatest changes have been in hardware.
Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#51680 - 05/08/05 05:50 AM Re: Res. Wiring
Tiger Offline

Registered: 05/04/05
Posts: 714
Loc: Crystal Lake, IL USA
Check out the NEC Pocket Residential Guide available at this very site (click on 2002 NEC). This commercial message was brought to you by Tiger.


#51681 - 05/08/05 06:27 AM Re: Res. Wiring
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
I'd like to put a plug in for ECN itself, have you checked out the Book Store lately?.
And that goes for anyone else too.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#51682 - 05/08/05 07:28 AM Re: Res. Wiring
Tom Offline

Registered: 01/01/01
Posts: 1069
Loc: Shinnston, WV USA
My personal favorite for residential wiring is
"Electrical Wiring, Residential" by Ray C. Mullin, published by Delmar. I used this book for a class I ran when we brought in a bunch if residential electricians.

The updated 2005 edition is available at the ECN Webstore. The book is kind of pricey, but is worth the money IMO.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

#51683 - 05/08/05 09:29 AM Re: Res. Wiring
Joe Tedesco Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3325
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts USA
Does the new edition come with a CD that includes the NEC too?
Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

#51684 - 05/08/05 12:36 PM Re: Res. Wiring
NJ Wireman Offline

Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 179
Loc: New Jersey (South Jersey)
Thanks for the info to be honest it was after a long day that i had posted this post and should have thought to look on the site prior. I just checked out the res. books and for certain will be ordering from the site. Thanks for the info. And to everyone else hello again it been awhile since i've posted, but im back!!!

Kenny (NJ Wireman)

#51685 - 05/09/05 09:25 AM Re: Res. Wiring
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
Try Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm, Commercial and Industrial : Based on the 2005 National Electrical Code
by Frederic P. Hartwell & Herbert P. Richter.
(ISBN 0971977917, Park Publishing)

You can get older versions as well, al;l based off the respective codes in force at the time of printing. It's all to code, and more easily worded than a direct read of the NEC, and covers resi, light commercial, and farm wiring.

There's a "handyman version" called
Wiring Simplified: Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code (40th Edition)
also by H. P. Richter, W. Creighton Schwan, Frederic P. Hartwell. (ISBN: 096032948X - also Park Publishing) It's definitely geared more towards the DIY'er, but it's still good advice, and covers more of the residential applications than Practical does. This is the book my dad used to keep around the house as a quick reference. It explains a lot in plain english.

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#51686 - 05/12/05 08:17 AM Re: Res. Wiring
royta Offline

Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 136
Loc: CA
I haven't done any new construction residential since 1999. And even then, I only did it for about 5 months. I'm getting ready to quit my day job and go full time as an EC, so I'm real close to bidding on my first house. I want to inspire confidence with the GC, so I think I'll look into the 2002 NEC Pocket Residential Guide and Electrical Wiring Residential down at the local bookstore. Since I'm in CA and our 2004 CEC is based on the 2002 NEC, do you think it's a problem getting the latest version (Electrical Wiring Residential) based on the 2005 code?

Thanks for starting this thread NJ Wireman.



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