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Old 04-22-2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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Electrical DIY book recommendation

If DIY and electricity aren't an oxymoron, does anyone have a recommendation for a DIY book that would help me wire my as yet, unfinished basement.

Thankfully, I saw the sticky on the recalled books. I had one of them, returned it and am now looking for replacement.



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Old 04-22-2010, 10:06 AM   #2
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Personally, I don't learn well from books, I am sure there are good ones out there (and I'm sure you'll get good recommendations here). I learn better by just reading other people's questions on forums like these and asking my own.

Do you have any specific questions or are you not at that point yet?



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When I pulled a permit to include wiring my basement, the inspector recommened that I get the "Dewalt Electrical Code Reference with 2008 Code Changes" and "Code Check".

I would describe the Dewalt book as NEC Electrical Code Cliff Notes. Its a thin book, but loaded with the most common things a DIYer needs to know about the Electrical code.

If you don't know how to use a wire nut, then you need something more than this Dewalt book.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:50 PM   #4
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There's an excellent book sold at Home Depot. It's called Wiring Simplified and is only about $7.00. In my local store it isn't with all the other DIY books - it's in the electrical section of the store. Code Check books are also pretty good.
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:06 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions. I have a reasonable understanding of electrical systems and wire sizes etc. I've replaced switches, receptacles, fans, lights etc but have never run a circuit.

Specifically, I need help designing all of the circuits for all of the above and then I can run the appropriate wires back to the panel - where I will have someone else tie it in. I believe that I can install & wire up all of the switches, outlets etc.

I'll check out some of the books you recommended - hope this helps clarify my plight a little.
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