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Your Old Wiring : 10 Complete Projects You Can Do Yourself - David E. Shapiro

Your Old Wiring

10 Complete Projects You Can Do Yourself

Paperback Published: 22nd December 2000
ISBN: 9780071357012
Number Of Pages: 352

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What to do (and how to do it). What not to do. How to tell the difference - is it workmanship or guesswork? If you live in an older home, you never know what lurks behind switchplates and outlet covers, inside fuse boxes and breaker panels, writes master electrician David Shapiro. He's conquered the tangles masquerading as wiring in hundreds of old buildings, and in this book he shows you not just what should be in your electrical system, as other books do, but also what really may be there - and how to deal with it. "Your Old Wiring" is the only guidebook available with this important feature. Pictures show you how to: distinguish good wiring and fixtures from bad; install a ceiling fan; replace a light fixture; change a switch; wire outdoor fixtures; select the right supplies; locate and repair problems; and, do preventive maintenance.It helps you solve your electrical problems. At last there's an easy, safe approach to that possible fire hazard (a.k.a.: your old wiring system). This informative, photo-packed book can help anyone do home electrical jobs with ease, confidence, and skill. "Your Old Wiring" provides pictures that help you do everything from simple splicing repairs to installing a ceiling fan. Simple and Safe Master electrician David E. Shapiro's unique pictorial approach walks you through every step, making every task simple and safe. Clear photographs show you not only what to do, but also how to handle old wiring that may not match the ideal. Published by the leader in professional electrical references, David E. Shapiro's "Your Old Wiring" is authoritative and thorough - yet easy to understand. This is a guide that will reliably help you with your electrical tasks now, and for many years to come.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Structure of the Bookp. 1
New Workp. 2
Old Workp. 2
Older Buildingsp. 3
Taking This Seriouslyp. 3
Respecting Your Limitsp. 4
Prosp. 4
Learning the Languagep. 5
Familiarizing Yourself with Your System
Basic Information about Electrical Systemsp. 11
Electrical Quantitiesp. 12
How Electricity Flowsp. 13
The Physical Systemp. 13
What Type of Electrical Service Do You Have?p. 14
System Voltagep. 14
What Type of Electrical Service Feeds Your House?p. 15
Grounding and Bondingp. 17
Checking for Voltagep. 21
Why Should You Learn How to Perform This Specific Test This Early?p. 21
What Do You Need to Know About Testers?p. 21
What Dangers Should You Watch Out for When Testing?p. 25
Evaluating Your Service Entrancep. 27
Why Is This Worth Doing?p. 27
What Constitutes a Service?p. 27
Where Should You First Look for Damage if You Have an Overhead Service?p. 28
What Can You Learn from an Overhead Line?p. 28
Judge Its Point of Attachmentp. 29
Examining a Mastp. 29
How Should You Proceed in Examining the Parts of the System That Are Under Your Control?p. 29
What Should You Look For if Your Service Enters in Conduit?p. 31
How Are Your Meter Connections?p. 32
How Healthy Are the Parts of the System That the Utility Doesn't Control?p. 34
Is a Panel with a "Main" Always My Service Panel?p. 35
Where Can I Find My Disconnect?p. 35
Is Your Disconnect or Panel Mounted Properly?p. 35
What Should You Do if Your Setup Is Not Quite as It Should Be?p. 36
What Is Your Service Size (and Why Should You Care)?p. 36
Figuring Out How Much Power Is Coming Inp. 37
Safetyp. 39
What's the Rush?p. 39
What Are the Basic Threats from Electricity?p. 39
Other Ways to Reduce Your Danger While Working with Electricityp. 54
Emergenciesp. 59
Examining Your Panelp. 61
Separate Disconnectsp. 61
Evaluate Your Panel's Condition from the Outsidep. 62
Does Your Panel Itself Need Repair?p. 64
Looking Inside Your Panelp. 67
The Interiorp. 67
How Does Power Get from Busbars to Branch Circuits?p. 68
How Are Neutral Connections Different?p. 69
Is Your Panel Wired the Way It Should Be?p. 70
Should I Also Be Concerned About Grounding the Wires Leaving My Subpanel?p. 71
Circuit Capacity and Overfusingp. 75
Lesson: Shutting It Downp. 75
Dead Circuits, Deadly Busbarsp. 76
Protective Devicesp. 79
What You Can Expect from Fuses and Breakersp. 80
Characteristicsp. 80
What to Readp. 82
Changing Standards and Grandfatheringp. 82
Circuit Breakersp. 82
Fusesp. 92
The Walk-Throughp. 99
Blueprinting Your Systemp. 99
The Safety Surveyp. 108
Parts-What You Have, How to Choose Them, How to Use Them
Tools and Gearp. 119
Tools for Doing Basic Electrical Workp. 119
Tool Safetyp. 120
Essential Hand Toolsp. 122
Inadvisable Hand Toolsp. 136
Power and Lightp. 138
Your System's Physical Componentsp. 139
Cablesp. 139
Racewaysp. 143
Open Wiringp. 145
Enclosuresp. 145
From Cable or Raceway to Enclosure: Clamps and Connectorsp. 155
Supporting Cables and Racewaysp. 156
Wirenutsp. 157
Choosing Replacement Devicesp. 157
Materials, Listing, and Qualityp. 161
Listing and Approvalp. 161
Useful Productsp. 163
Electrical Productsp. 166
Miscellanyp. 171
Are Your Wires Safe?p. 172
Making Connectionsp. 175
Preparing Conductors for Connectionp. 175
Splicing Conductorsp. 178
Connecting Conductors to Terminalsp. 195
Evaluation, Repair, and Replacement
Mechanical Conditionp. 215
What Makes This So Important?p. 215
Replacing Receptaclesp. 239
Why Should You Replace a Receptacle?p. 240
Replacing Receptaclesp. 249
Replacing Switchesp. 267
Switching Patternsp. 268
Safetyp. 269
The Basic Procedure for Testing and Replacing Switchesp. 269
Modifications to the Basic Procedure for Three-Way and Four-Way Switchingp. 271
Alternates to Standard Types of Switchp. 275
Other Less Common Devices and Arrangementsp. 277
How to Replace a Light Fixture or Small, Hard-Wired Appliancep. 281
Some Dangers of Ceiling Workp. 282
Types of Lightsp. 282
Reasons to Replace a Lightp. 283
Replacing the Fixturep. 285
Illegal Fixturesp. 301
Small Hard-Wired Appliancesp. 303
Glossaryp. 305
Afterwordp. 323
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9780071357012
ISBN-10: 0071357017
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 22nd December 2000
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.79