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Old 01-02-2009, 04:44 PM   #1
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I just received an e-mail from Amazon.com where I purchased "Wiring a House, for Pros, by Pros, 3rd ed" by Rex Cauldwell last Feb.

The e-mail links to a brief description of the recall, which includes this book, and one other published by Taunton Press.
They state that the recall is for faulty diagrams that could pose a hazard.

The link: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09078.html

I am going to look through my copy and see if I can find the faulty diagrams.
I do not plan to return my copy, since I think I would know if I was looking at a faulty diagram, and second; I would like Amazon.com to pay for return shipping<g>

Anyone have a copy of either of the books listed, and if so, have you found the faulty diagrams?

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I just received an e-mail from Amazon.com where I purchased "Wiring a House, for Pros, by Pros, 3rd ed" by Rex Cauldwell last Feb.

The e-mail links to a brief description of the recall, which includes this book, and one other published by Taunton Press.
They state that the recall is for faulty diagrams that could pose a hazard.

The link: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09078.html

I am going to look through my copy and see if I can find the faulty diagrams.
I do not plan to return my copy, since I think I would know if I was looking at a faulty diagram, and second; I would like Amazon.com to pay for return shipping<g>

Anyone have a copy of either of the books listed, and if so, have you found the faulty diagrams?
Page 112 the side note in the tan area is worded very poorly.

Here is a quote from that page, I type it in:

"If you're thinking of plugging in a grounded appliance to an ungrounded receptacle using a cheater plug, don't do it/ The cheater plug is simply an adapeter that allows you to insert a three prong plug into a two prong outlet. Cheater plugs cannot ground an appliance unless the receptacle box is metal and there is some type of conduit providing a ground all the way back to the main panel. (This is rare in residential situations, but it does occur in older houses wired entirely with BX or greenfield cable.) It the appliance does not have a proper ground connection and a ground gault occures, someone could be electrocuted."

I would submit that many homes have been wired with metal boxes and romex with 2 prong outlets, and the ground in the romex was properly bonded to the metal boxes.

I am just looking at a partial copy of the book online, that one jumped out at me in the first 5 minutes. I can see why they had problems.

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I think it's the publisher's lawyers who told them they should voluntarily recall the books. They probably received some e-mails about the poor wording or faulty diagrams.

I recall a while back (during the spring or summer 2008) I read a thread on this forum about errors in DIY books. As I recall, someone scanned a faulty diagram, and fixed it with Adobe Photoshop, then posted both the before and after drawings here.
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Remember that bx can be used as an egc ONLY if it has a bonding strip.

Look at the cover of the books, the one guy is what, cutting the cable right at the top of the panel? And the other shows some guy not pre twisting! Nah, JK
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Look at the cover of the books, the one guy is what, cutting the cable right at the top of the panel?
What, you didn't know that pros always cut the wire off flush with the top of the panel?
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Remember that bx can be used as an egc ONLY if it has a bonding strip.

Look at the cover of the books, the one guy is what, cutting the cable right at the top of the panel? And the other shows some guy not pre twisting! Nah, JK
He's not cutting the wires, he's using the strippers that cut the sheathing only. And pretwisting is not required.
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And pretwisting is not required.
Here we go...
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Plier type romex strippers http://www.thefind.com/hardware/info-romex-stripper could be using one of these
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It's just a silly staged picture guys.
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I was being sarcastic, I know they are strippers, and that you strip right at the clamp.

I did not intend to argue about twisting, so please, do not bring it up.
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I was being sarcastic, I know they are strippers, and that you strip right at the clamp.

I did not intend to argue about twisting, so please, do not bring it up.
Actually the jacket strippers are really nice, I just got a pair for Christmas and used it them am when making the photos of the GFCI wiring I posted. (yellow handle Klein on the left)

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I was wondering when these were going to get recalled. I bought mine earlier this year I think from one of the big box home repair stores. There are several diagrams that have the neutral and ground wire names reversed. I showed my husband when I found them and asked him if i was crazy (this was when I first started reading about doing minor electrical work).

I emailed the publishers and never heard back. The diagrams themselves were correct from what I remembered, but they just had the names wrong...it was months ago since I've looked at them, so I can't remember. I did mark the diagrams in my book just in case I forgot about them and the book got passed on to someone else...
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Neutral is marked as ground
Thanks for the reference.
They got it wrong on two diagrams, and right on the third.

In the past, didn't publishers issue errata pages to cover this kind of thing?
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I bet they did *online*...

But did anyone know enough to to know it was wrong and check online?

Probably not..

Most publishers are releasing updates online to their books, but in this situation I really hope no one got hurt...

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