Wiring a House

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2002-08-01
  • Publisher: Taunton

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $24.95 Save up to $6.24
  • Buy Used


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?


This classic reference book on home wiring for homeowners, electricians and apprentices has been completely updated to reflect changes to the electrical code since it was first published in 1996. New material on home generators, lightning protection and wiring "above code" has been added to this edition. Featuring new design and color photos throughout.

Author Biography

Master electrician Rex Cauldwell has been wiring houses for over 30 years

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Editionp. viii
Introductionp. 2
The Basicsp. 6
How Electricity Flowsp. 6
Anatomy of a Residential Electrical Systemp. 11
Wire Gaugesp. 14
The Wire We Usep. 19
Conduit Systemsp. 28
Tools of the Tradep. 31
General Toolsp. 33
AC-Powered Toolsp. 38
Cordless Toolsp. 43
Specialized Toolsp. 45
Safety Equipmentp. 49
The Service Entrancep. 50
Choosing a Buried or an Aerial Servicep. 50
Calculating Amperage and Choosing Cablep. 52
Local Requirementsp. 56
Locating the Meter Basep. 56
Buried Service Entrancep. 60
Aerial Service Entrancep. 61
Connecting the Meter Base to the Panelp. 68
Panels and Subpanelsp. 74
Elements of the Main Panelp. 74
Picking a Panelp. 77
Mounting a Panelp. 79
Cable Managementp. 84
Bringing Cables into the Panelp. 86
Subpanelsp. 87
Balancing the Loadp. 93
The Art of Groundingp. 95
Definition of a Grounding Systemp. 95
Protection through Groundingp. 98
Choosing the Proper Grounding Materialsp. 101
Installing a Low-Resistance Panel-to-Earth Grounding Systemp. 103
What Needs Groundingp. 107
Wiring Room by Roomp. 115
Stocking Upp. 115
Design Considerations and Outlet Box Locationsp. 116
Pulling Cable in New Constructionp. 127
Routing Wires in Renovation Workp. 136
Fuses and Circuit Breakersp. 142
Fusesp. 143
Circuit Breakersp. 145
Ground-Fault Circuit Interruptersp. 151
How a GFCI Worksp. 152
Types of GFCIsp. 154
Where Ground-Fault Protection Is Requiredp. 155
Wiring GFCI Receptaclesp. 156
Wiring GFCI Circuit Breakersp. 157
Testing GFCIsp. 158
Arc-Fault Circuit Breakersp. 159
Wiring AFCIsp. 160
Receptacles and Boxesp. 162
Receptacle Boxesp. 162
Receptaclesp. 169
Polarityp. 172
Wiring and Installationp. 175
Switchesp. 183
Switch Boxesp. 183
Switch Gradesp. 187
Types of Switchesp. 188
Light Dimmersp. 193
Fan Speed Controlsp. 195
Wiring Fixturesp. 196
Choosing the Right Boxp. 196
Incandescent Lightsp. 199
Fluorescent Lightsp. 200
Ceiling Fansp. 201
Smoke Detectorsp. 207
Track Lightingp. 207
Outdoor Light Fixturesp. 208
Recessed Lightsp. 211
Wiring Appliancesp. 213
Kitchen Appliancesp. 213
Baseboard Heatersp. 217
Electric Wall Heatersp. 220
Utility-Room Appliancesp. 220
Garage-Door Openersp. 225
Submersible Pumpsp. 226
Whirlpool Tubs and Spasp. 226
Lightning and Surge Protectionp. 227
Induced Voltagep. 227
Direct Strikesp. 228
Utility and In-House Surge Creatorsp. 229
Adding Surge Protectionp. 229
Phone and Coaxial Cable Protectionp. 234
Protecting Pumpsp. 235
Standby Generatorsp. 239
History of Incorrect Connectionsp. 239
Picking a Generatorp. 241
Installing the Transfer Switchp. 243
Indexp. 246
Table of Contents provided by Syndetics. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review