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Your Old Wiring by David E. Shapiro Your Old Wiring
by David E. Shapiro

Textbook Binding: 335 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.83 x 10.93 x 8.52
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1st edition (December 22, 2000)
ISBN: 0071357017

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Book Description:
• Written by a master electrician this book shows homeowners and do-it-yourselfers how to go behind the walls of their old homes and correct messy, outdated wiring
• Packed with over 250 photos and illustrations, 10 common wiring projects (like installing ceiling fans) and before and after photographs
• The only house wiring book that shows how to identify and correct old electrical wiring, simply and safely

Book Info: An amateur electrician's guide to working with older wiring systems, including safety cautions. Shows how to distinguish the good fixtures from the bad, how to work with antique and confusing systems, and how to do preventative maintenance, all with photographic illustrations. Also shows what should be in an electrical system, for comparison. Softcover.

From the Back Cover: What to Do (and How to Do It). What Not to Do. How to Tell the Difference


If you live in an older home, you never know what lurks behind switchplates and outlet covers, inside fuse boxes and breaker panels, writes master electrician David Shapiro. He's conquered the tangles masquerading as wiring in hundreds of old buildings, and in this book he shows you not just what should be in your electrical system, as other books do, but also what really may be there--and how to deal with it. YOUR OLD WIRING is the only guidebook available with this important feature.

Pictures show you how to:
• Distinguish good wiring and fixtures from bad
• Install a ceiling fan
• Replace a light fixture
• Change a switch
• Wire outdoor fixtures
• Select the right supplies
• Locate and repair problems
• Do preventive maintenance

Customer Reviews
Excellent book, January 20, 2003
Reviewer: shaynestuddard from Dallas, TX United States
My thoughts reflect the previous reviews pretty much. This book has been excellent at helping me deal with my home's 1950's era wiring. The major drawback to the book is the photographs. There are many photographs that I imagine would be very helpful, except that they are in black and white and it is extremely difficult to tell what exactly the pictures contain. Other than that, excellent book.

An excellent book for remodelers, May 27, 2002
Reviewer: Douglas B Kubel from Chapel Hill, NC United States
This book is a great resource for the non-professional who has to evaluate and/or repair old residential electrical systems. It is well-organized, thoroughly safety-oriented, and practical. The author, David E. Shapiro, is a master electrician with substantial experience. He not only translates the National Electrical Code into practical advice for the do-it-yourselfer, he isn't afraid to express his opinions and recommendations, which is rare in this kind of book. This kind of practical advice, based on long experience, is more valuable than the just-the-facts approach taken by so many DIY authors.

There are two problems with the book, however, and both are related to the graphics. Many of the photographs are blurry or otherwise unhelpful, and there are a number of places in the text where more phtotographs or illustrations would be quite helpful. I would have given this book five stars if the graphics were done as professionally as the text.

Finally, the book doesn't really deal with the "knob-and-tube" type wiring found in many older homes. The author is clear that many subjects are beyond the scope of this entry-level book, and knob-and-tube is one of the subjects that doesn't make it in.

This book is Perfect, March 7, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from St. Paul, MN
I found this book incredibly helpful in dealing with a 1950's house with basically good wiring...Shapiro doesn't pull any punches and only tells you what you need to know to safely do basic electrical maintenance.

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Your Old Wiring
by David E. Shapiro
Textbook Binding: 335 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.83 x 10.93 x 8.52
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1st edition (December 22, 2000)
ISBN: 0071357017

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