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Old 10-07-2012, 09:12 PM   #1
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Any recommendations on websites/books for rookie electrical? I have one but not happy with it.

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There is an excellent little book called, I think, "Basic Electrical" or something like that. It's sold at both Home Depot and Lowe's, but in the Electrical department, not where the other books are sold. I think it's around $6.95. There's also a series of "Code Check" books, one of which is for electrical. But it is more expensive.

As for websites, this one is as good as it gets IMO. I frequent another one as well: www.doityourself.com


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These books have been recommended on other sites, "Wiring Simplified" and "Wiring a House" by Rex Cauldwell. Many books have the National Electrical Code year on the cover. The NEC comes out every three years. There is no newer code than the 2011. The code itself is useless for beginners.

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Had a feeling I was getting the name wrong. "Wiring Simplified" is the book I was thinking of.
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I have a good basic understanding of AC electrical and I just bought the "Wiring a House" 4th edition, (For Pros by Pros) and it was very good. I imagine if you've never done any electrical some parts may be hard, but if you have some basic knowledge, it's great to go from my experience of replacing switches, can lights, etc...

http://www.amazon.com/Wiring-House-4...r+pros+by+pros
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The following site seems to have every construction related book you can imagine as well as tons of electrical books. Note many of those are "advanced" or very specific...
http://www.buildersbook.com

Then the NEC Handbook has codes along with pictures / diagrams...
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?pid=70HB11
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Thanks for the reccomendation of the NEC handbook, I just ordered the 2011 version, even though my town is still on 2008, I'll let you know how it is for a novice. I've done security systems, network/phones, and a lot of car (DC) electronics and a few PCB circuits for projects, and even made an attempt at reading "the art of electronics".
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So I've been perusing through the 2011 handbook... It's a good reference, but the Pros by Pros was more useful. I think I would have been better served by a class type text book rather than the code. It's fun to read, but maybe not worth the $150... But it's good to know some of the requirements for the max number of outlets per 15 amp circuit etc... max loading of continuous load etc... I'm sure I would have figured some of those things in my planning, but the thing is HEAVY! Lugging that thing on the subway everyday is a trip"

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