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Electrical Wiring Residential SC by Ray C. Mullin Electrical Wiring Residential SC
by Ray C. Mullin

Paperback: 640 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.17 x 10.74 x 8.50
Publisher: Delmar Learning; 014 edition (November 30, 2001)
ISBN: 0766832848

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Book Description: Electrical Wiring - Residential is a trusted resource for information on all aspects of house wiring, having been adopted as an essential component of numerous national training programs. One of the best selling books on residential wiring on the market for more than a decade, Electrical Wiring - Residential features hundreds of examples, calculations, plus full-color wiring diagrams, illustrations, and photos while conforming to the 2002 National Electrical Code (NEC«). The book explains the Code's new metric numbering system while utilizing both metric and the prevalent English system. The book begins by introducing readers to the basics of wire sizing, load calculations, and wiring diagrams. It then proceeds to address relevant NEC« rules and requirements, room by room, through an entire home. Discussion of the unique considerations of wiring a home for the handicapped, as well as an introduction to today's state-of-the-art home automation wiring, is also featured. A useful list of major electrical appliance manufacturers' web sites is provided in an appendix. When used together with the NEC«, Electrical Wiring - Residential offers its readers an unparalleled, hands-on learning experience.

Ingram: Here's the complete compendium on residential electrical wiring for professional electricians, contractors, inspectors, apprentices, and homeowners. Fully compliant with the 1996 National Electrical Code, this highly praised handbook provides an easy approach to house wiring; its patented room-by-room format enables readers to steadily master every aspect of the subject. 50 illus.

Book Info: A trusted resource for information on aspects of house wiring. New edition explains the Code's new metric numbering system while utilizing both m metric and the prevalent English system. Adopted as an essential component of numerous national training programs.

Table of Contents
• General Information for Electrical Installations.
• Electrical Symbols and Outlets.
• Determining the rEqired Number and Location of Lighting and Small Appliance Circuits.
• Conductor Sizes and Types, Wiring Methods, Wire Connections, Voltage Drop, Neutral Sizing for Services.
• Switch Control of Lighting Circuits, Receptacle Bonding, and Induction Heating Resulting from Unusual Switch Connections.
• Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters, Transient Voltage Surge Suppressors, Isolated Ground Receptacles, Immersion Detection Circuit Interrupters.
• Light Fixtures and Ballasts.
• Lighting Branch Circuit for Front Bedroom.
• Lighting Branch Circuit for Master Bedroom.
• Lighting Branch Circuit for Master Bedroom.
• Lighting Branch Circuit - Front Entry, Porch.
• Lighting Branch Circuit and Small Appliance Circuits for Kitchen.
• Lighting Branch Circuit for Living Room.
• Lighting Branch Circuit for the bedroom/Study.
• Dryer Outlet and Lighting Circuit for the Laundry, Powder Room, Rear Entry Hall, and Attic.
• Lighting Branch Circuit for Garage.
• Recreation Room.
• Lighitng Branch Circuit , Receptacle Circuits.
• Special Purpose Outlets - Water Pump, Water Heater.
• Special Purpose Outlets for Ranges, Counter-Mounted Cooking Units, and Wall Mounted Oven.
• Special Purpose Outlets - Food Waste Disposer, Dishwasher.
• Special Purpose Outlets for Bathroom Ceiling Heat/Vent/Lighs, the attic Fan, and the Hydromassage Tub.
• Special Purpose Outlets - Electric Heating Air Conditioning, Oil and Gas Heating Systems.
• Television, Telephone, and Low-Voltage Signal Systems, Heat and Smoke Detectors, Security Systems.
• Remote Control Systems - Low Voltage.
• Service Entrance Equipment.
• Service Entrance Calculations.
• Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, Smart House Wiring.

Customer Reviews
Used 1993, 1996, and 1999 versions of this book., September 12, 2002
Reviewer: Kevin_Richardson@hp. from Vancouver, WA USA
I have wired four new homes and remodeled one using the concepts in this book. The homes ranged from 3200 to 5000 square feet in size. The 5000 sq/ft house used 400 amp service for the main panels. I am a do it yourself homeowner. I am a firmware engineer by trade so I don't wire for a living. This book was magnificent in helping me understand how to put the entire picture together for a large complicated home. These homes included security systems, phone systems, home audio systems, internet wiring, and of course power and lighting everywhere that I needed it. I learned so much from this book and the way that it walks through each room in the house. I recommend following it all of the way through on your own house plans. What it lacks I was able to find by looking at homes being constructed in the area. Things like how high up do I put the outlets and switches comes to mind. The code changes every three years and so does this book. I got most of my knowledge from the 1993 book. I used the 1996 and 1999 books on the later homes but the basics were already there. All code changes are very well covered in the latest edition and nothing is dropped from edition to edition that I know of. I am very impressed with Mullin's style and thought that I could show some of my gratitude back for the help that he gave me to do this over and over again. I have recommended this book to many friends who have also wired their own homes. If I needed to I would buy it again but I have decided to live in one of my houses for a while. What I believe this book has that others do not is a grasp of the whole picture. I was able to do the entire project each time with this book. I installed the service conductors from the transformer to the house. I built up the main breaker panels and subpanels. I performed the load calculations to make sure that all circuits were properly balanced. I don't think that many of the other wiring books cover all of these things. You can perform the entire wiring of your residential home by yourself with the knowledge that you can glean from this book and a few questions asked of your local inspectors and examining the work of electricians wiring in your area. Make sure that you follow the code and not the local electricians though because I do not know how some of them pass inspections with some of the work that they do. Good luck on your project.

Thanks Ray for a great book.

comprehensive, yet easy to understand, June 18, 2002
Reviewer: scottfbradford from Arlington, VA USA
This is a highly detailed book that clearly describes how to wire a home that meets 2002 National Electrical code requirements. The book is nicely organized and contains a wealth of information on how to select proper wire and box sizes, locations for recepticles, lighting requirements, etc. However, it is not a "how to" book-it won't tell you how to fish a wire or change a circuit breaker. I used this book to completely rewire my 1950's kitchen and it took all the guesswork out of the project. Now every time I start an electrical project, I consult this book to make sure I do it correctly. One of my goals in life is to never have to call an electrcian for help again and this book has taken me a long way toward it.

Essential reading from a wise author for do-it-yourself'ers, September 6, 2001
Reviewer: fallback from Corvallis, Oregon USA
Don't sell yourself or family short, get this or another comparable book if you are going to tackle electrical work in your home.

This book is somewhat technical and that may put some folks off. However, it is only as technical as is needed to provide for safe installation of electrical wiring in the home. I appreciate the code references, as a do-it-yourself'er it is important to understand why it is done as it is, because no home project is ever an exact copy of problem in a book. This book is an essential part of a do-it-yourself'ers library, especially if you are going to take on any substantial projects.

95% of what you need to know to wire your house, August 25, 2001
Reviewer: kerchen from Michigan, United States
This book attempts to cover everything you'll need to know in order to wire your house and it comes pretty close to acheiving that goal. Every point made in the book is backed by citing chapter and verse from the NEC, though you'll rarely need to actually reference the NEC because usually Mullin's description is clearer. However, there were a few areas where I found the text lacking, specifically, the discussions of when derating factors should be applied and the wiring of smoke detectors and other life safety equipment. Overall, though, this book is certainly worth buying if you're considering doing any major residential wiring.

Too Technical!, May 7, 2001
Reviewer: 14thegipper from Lawrenceville, GA USA
This book may be a good choice if you're studying for an Electrician level test but I found the constant references to the NEC code both distracting and confusing. Text lacks any overview of electricity and any description of good wiring practices such as when and how to use wire nuts and which sizes to choose, etc. This book is filled with technical knowledge but is NOT a good choice for the "Do it Your-selfer"! I later wandered into Lowes and started browsing the books there and found the Black and Decker "Home wiring"... clearly superior for the "Do it your-selfer". Unless you're studying for a code test, save your money and get the Black and Decker "Home Wiring" book.

This book covers it all!, April 1, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from Phoenix, AZ United States
This book is well worth its price. I am currently in the process of preparing a set of plans to get my building permit and start a major remodeling project. This book comes with a complete set of architectural plans at 1/4"=1' scale for a residence. The electrical floor plan is very complete and also provides a detailed panel schedule. The book goes through the wiring of each room for the example residence. NEC code issues are discussed as they arise in the planning of the wiring for each room. The text provides the details needed to perform the actual wiring task also. The book also suggests lighting suggestions for kitchen and bathroom and even includes several photos of lighting fixtures.

A standard for ALL instructional books!, February 28, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from Las Vegas, NV
I was quite hesitant to pay the price for this book not knowing what I'm getting in return. And am I glad that I took the plunge. From someone who's been in the educational system all the way to Ph.D., I wonder why big-shot scholers couldn't write a book with this proficiency, comprehensive detail, and ease of understanding. If this is a standard to be adopted by ALL authors and educational institutions, our children would be in a whole lot better shape.

I echo all the other good reviews here and only add that if you're a DIY like me, you owe it to yourself that your home is wired safely. This is not where one cuts corners. You'll be in a good shape with this book to get the job done righ

An Execellent Book to help study for your exam, February 22, 2001
Reviewer: ragingmadbull from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
I am currently studing for the electrician's exam, and between Holt's Exam Preparation book and this well laid out easy to understand book that Mr. Mullin Wrote i should be able to ace that exam. It contains every that there is to learn in regards to Residential Electrical and even with references to the N.E.C.. It guides me through every aspect, except how to wash my hands after the job is complete.

Can only afford one book? This is it., November 29, 2000
Reviewer: David A. Sanger from MI, USA
No, its not the cheapest book but it is probably the best value. I picked it up to ensure code compliance and safety for my basement remodelling project. I tend to ask lots of questions and Mr. Mullin's book has answered them all. If you don't have a friendly electrican next door to answer all your wiring questions then buy this book. If you do, buy the book anyway and save your friendship.

Thorough, January 29, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from Springfield
This book thoroughly covers all phases of residential wiring. It covers residential blueprints, specifications, planning the job, temporary service, service sizing, box sizing, conductor sizing, complete rough-in, trim out and more. It explains relevant sections of the NEC in detail. Excellent book.

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