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Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm, Commercial, and Industrial: Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code by Frederic P. Hartwell, Herbert P. Richter<br>
Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm, Commercial, and Industrial: Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code
by Frederic P. Hartwell, Herbert P. Richter

Paperback: 678 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.74 x 9.06 x 6.06
Publisher: Park Publishing, Inc.; 18th edition (December 1, 2001)
ISBN: 0960329498

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Book Description: FREDERIC P. HARTWELL builds on the strong foundation of H. P. Richter's classic, bringing Practical Electrical Wiring completely up-to-date with the 2002 National Electrical Code and the latest industry technology and wiring practices. The book has been fundamentally rewritten and reorganized to prepare readers to meet today's needs in all segments of the trade.

For the practitioner and the student-practical guidance in a single volume.

This compact all-in-one resource tells how to apply NEC rules in the most efficient manner in varied settings, with the regulations applying to a particular type of installation together in one place. Design pointers on how to make installations convenient and neat are another example of the "practical" aspect of the book. Job planning, techniques, and wiring calculations are explained in a detailed yet easy-to-understand style. Hartwell gives hints, cautions, and handy tricks used by veteran practitioners and offers rarely available information from an insider's perspective. For many topics you get not just today's rules, but a look back at how those rules came about over the years-useful in identifying and working on wiring systems of any age.

Ingram: yourselfers provides detailed instructions for making safe and efficient electrical wiring installations. Based on the 1996 National Electrical Code, the book explains not only how to perform the many operations covered but also why they are necessary. The book leads the reader step by step through the planning and layout of an electrical wiring system and provides complete requirements for each of the more commonly used wiring methods.

From the Publisher: In this completely new version of Practical Electrical Wiring, the entire text has been updated and reorganized by NEC expert Frederic P. Hartwell. He has added vast amounts of new material to meet the requirements of the increased specialization of the electrical trade over the last several years.

Intended audience Practical Electrical Wiring is aimed at the person who wants to make a serious study of the field of electrical wiring—practitioners, students and apprentices, seekers of information about careers in the electrical industry, and general readers who want to learn the basics of the trade in order to do things right and become aware of what they don’t know so they can make a considered decision about how to proceed.

Guide to using this book Practical Electrical Wiring covers all phases of a wiring installation—beginning with the necessary background theory and principles and on to the planning, installing, and finishing of residential, farm, commercial, and industrial jobs. Readers of previous editions will note a more advanced level of discussion reflecting the greater technical complexities of today. All new drawings and illustrations plus a new page design make instructions easier to follow and understand.

To help you progress in your knowledge and skills, the book is divided into three parts—Wiring Principles; Residential and Farm Wiring; Commercial and Industrial Wiring. All three parts feature step-by-step instructions for quality work, with 475 drawings and photographs to enhance understanding.

Part 1, WIRING PRINCIPLES, provides the basic foundation for the parts that follow—the safety, practical, and legal considerations involved in wiring decisions and practices. This is essential reading before undertaking any electrical work. The standards and codes that help ensure safety are explained. Selecting proper conductors and how to connect them is covered in detail, followed by how to safely ground the installation. Specific wiring methods and their latest NEC rules are detailed. The explanation of how electrical power is measured and delivered to users connects your installation to the broader picture and helps in understanding regional variations in electric rates. Chapters on planning residential installations, principles of good lighting, and an overview of residential and farm motors conclude Part 1. The principles and theory presented in Part 1 provide the background that can be applied to solving problems that may be encountered in unique situations.

Part 2, RESIDENTIAL AND FARM WIRING, puts the principles established in Part 1 to work in the kind of wiring installations most commonly encountered in homes and on farms. Materials and step-by-step techniques are covered for every phase of the installation from installing and grounding service equipment, to roughing in a variety of outlets, and finishing with outlets, switches, and receptacles. Separate chapters cover specialized topics including limited-energy wiring, multi-circuits, old work, farms, on-site power generation, RVs and parks, and apartment buildings.

Part 3, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL WIRING, opens with Hartwell’s unique approach to understanding one of the primary responsibilities in the electrical trade—selecting the minimum allowable size of wire for a given load. This chapter is followed by discussions of how wiring methods, planning, and lighting differ for nonresidential installations compared with the residential and farm installations covered earlier in the book. The chapter on the wiring of motors in commercial and industrial applications (at not over 600 volts) builds on the motor basics provided in Part 1. The final chapter gives a preview of more advanced work in wiring specific installations that should be undertaken only by those who have had much experience with more ordinary installations detailed in Parts 1 and 2, or who have received expert training on installations similar to those in this chapter.

From the Author: Practical Electrical Wiring has achieved the status of a classic. Originally written by H.P. Richter, the book has an unparalleled ability to do two things at the same time. First, using everyday language, it makes the majority of electrical installation practices accessible to the beginner. Second, it includes enough detail to maintain its usefulness as an essential reference work on the shelf of any who continue in the trade.

This edition follows seven prepared by W. Creighton Schwan, who ably continued Richter’s original work. Changes in the electrical trade prompted a decision to produce a fundamentally rewritten and reorganized work that more adequately reflects the challenges of a new century. We are rapidly approaching the point at which the majority of electric energy consumed in the U.S. is processed electronically, and therefore involves substantial harmonic components. Today’s apprentice needs some understanding of how these loads affect wiring decisions, or risks being left behind.

Nevertheless, I have tried to keep the presentation accessible to all, for a personal reason. In 1957, at the age of ten, I helped my father extend a branch circuit in our home. My father, although handy, was never in the trade. Yet he correctly understood my intuitive fascination with what we were doing, and the next day I came home from school to a brand new copy of the fifth edition, just out, of Practical Electrical Wiring. I was riveted, and read the entire book cover to cover. It seemed as if I had been given the key to the inside door to a training room of a wonderful profession.

I didn’t actually enter the trade until many years later, but I never got the book out of my mind. After college, I returned to my true calling, and I returned to this book as well, which was always an invaluable reference. It is now my great honor to carry on a wonderful tradition.

About the Author: The late Herbert P. Richter, long regarded as “the electrician’s electrician,” first published Practical Electrical Wiring in 1939.

Frederic P. Hartwell is nationally recognized for his editorial and technical skills on NEC topics. He is the National Electrical Code specialist for EC Online and was formerly the senior editor and NEC expert with Electrical Construction and Maintenance Magazine. He has vast experience as an electrician, electrical inspector, and NEC and state electrical code panel member. Hartwell has been responsible for nearly one thousand successful proposals and public comments regarding changes in the National Electrical Code® over the past five Code-making cycles and continues as a principal member of the National Electrical Code Committee. He brings years of experience and practical hints gained as a licensed master electrician and former head electrician at a college in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents
Part 1 Wiring Principles
1 NEC, Product Standards, and Inspection
2 Numbers, Measurements, and Electricity
3 AC and DC; Power Factor; Transformers
4 Basic Electrical Power Utilization Systems
5 Basic Devices and Equipment
6 Overcurrent Devices
7 Selecting Conductors
8 Making Wire Connections and Splices
9 Grounding for Safety
10 Outlet and Switch Boxes
11 Wiring Methods
12 Planning Residential Installations
13 Residential Electrical Distribution
14 Residential Lighting
15 Residential and Farm Motors

Part 2 Residential and Farm Wiring
16 Installing Service Entrances and Grounds
17 Installing Specific Devices
18 Finishing: Installation of Switches, Receptacles, and Fixtures
19 Limited-Energy Wiring
20 Wiring for Multiple Circuits and Specialized Loads
21 Modernizing Old Work
22 Farm Wiring
23 On-Site Power Generation and Supply of Premises Wiring
24 Manufactured Homes, Recreational Vehicles, and Parks
25 Wiring Apartment Buildings

Part 3 Commercial and Industrial Wiring
26 Sizing Conductors for All Load Conditions
27 Nonresidential Wiring Methods and Materials
28 Planning Nonresidential Installations
29 Nonresidential Lighting
30 Industrial and Commercial Motor Applications
31 Wiring Specific Locations and Occupancies

Electrical Apparatus, 5/93: "Each revision of Practical Electrical Wiring aims to educate beginners in the field, yet stimulate those already engaged in electrical work. And, the 16th edition, which conforms to the 1993 NEC, is no different."

Customer Reviews
PRACTICAL ELECTRICAL WIRING - 18th Ed., February 27, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from Boston, MA USA
This new (18th) edition of Practical Electrical Wiring is an excellent guide to basic (and also not-so-basic)residential, farm and commercial electrical wiring. It has been completely updated from the 17th edition, and reflects the latest changes in the 2002 National Electrical Code.

The text covers an astonishing range of subjects, from the basics of volts and amperes to some very solid material on grounding, wiring methods, residential service, and conductor sizing.

This book is quite different from the typical Sunset do-it-yourself guides that one picks up at Home Depot. It will not tell you how to rewire Aunt Sophie's favorite lamp. It will tell you about residential branch circuits, overcurrent devices (fuses and circuit breakers), outlet and switch boxes, residential and nonresidential lighting, special appliance circuits, safety, wiring methods, electric motors, and a great deal more.

It has an excellent section on how to modernize old work, including how to run wiring through ceilings, walls, and from floor-to-floor. And in case you've forgotten how, it also has a clear illustration of how to tie an Underwriter's Knot (see page 355)!

This really is an excellent book, obviously written by a person who has many years of practical experience and knows what he is talking about. It would serve well as a vocational school text and as a fine general reference book for the homeowner and for journeyman electrician.

To round it out, it is well illustrated, has useful NEC ampacity and load tables in the appendices, and has a very comprehensive index.


The only book you need to wire your house, December 4, 1998
Reviewer: A reader from Reno Nevada USA
We bought this hoping to get ideas for wiring our new house. With only this book we were able to wire our entire new house - from setting the power at the street - to wiring our well . Not only were we able to wire our entire house - it passed inspection on the first try with no corrections . A very valuable book for home owners and builders.

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