Contents

Tables    vii
Preface to 32nd edition    viii
Preface to 40th edition   ix
Introduction and guide  x

PART 1.  GETTING STARTED: THE BASICS

Chapter 1.  STANDARDS, CODES, AND SAFETY   1
Standards   1
Codes, Permits, and Licenses   3
Safety Practices   5

Chapter 2.  PLANNING YOUR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION   9
Consider Present and Future Needs  8
Location of Lighting, Switches, and Outlet Receptacles  9
Choosing Lighting Fixtures  14
Lighting and Receptacles for Garages and Outbuildings  18

Chapter 3.  MEASURING ELECTRICITY   19
Units of Measurement   19
Residential Electric Power   21
Types of Electric Current   23

PART 2.  WIRES, CIRCUITS, AND GROUNDING

Chapter 4.  WIRE-SELECTING AND CONNECTING   26
Wire Sizes   26
Wire Types   31
Cable Types   32
Flexible Cords   34
Tools Used for Wiring Jobs   35
Terminals for Connecting Wires to Devices   35
Connectors for Splicing Wires   39

Chapter 5.  CIRCUIT PROTECTION AND PLANNING   42
Overcurrent Devices   42
Feeders and Branch Circuits   45
Calculating Branch Circuit Needs   46

Chapter 6.  CIRCUIT DIAGRAMS   51
Grounded Wires   51
Wiring Diagrams   52

Chapter 7.  GROUNDING FOR SAFETY   62
How Dangerous Are Shocks?   63
Grounding Basics   63
Grounding Overview   64
How Grounding Promotes Safety   65
Grounding Considerations for Wiring Systems   69
Grounding-Type Receptacles Increase Safety   70
Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)   71
Lightning Arresters   73
Surge Suppressors for Computers and Other Electronic Equipment   73

 

PART 3.  INSTALLING SERVICE EQUIPMENT AND WIRING

Chapter 8.  THE SERVICE ENTRANCE   75
Planning Your Service Entrance   75
Disconnecting Means   77
Installing the Service Entrance   80
Making Ground Connections   89
Emergency Backup Generators   93

Chapter 9.  OUTLET AND SWITCH BOXES   96
Planning Your Box Installation   96
Installing Boxes   100
Selecting Switches   105
Face Plates   106

Chapter 10.  BASIC WIRING PROCEDURES   107
Planning the Installation   107
Feeding and Connecting the Wires   110
Two-Circuit Duplex Receptacles   114
Three-Wire Circuits   115
Detached Garages and Accessory Buildings   117

Chapter 11.  CABLE: NONMETALLIC-SHEATHED AND ARMORED     121
Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable   121
Armored Cable   127

Chapter 12.  TUBULAR RACEWAYS   132
Choosing and Installing Tubular Raceways   132
Nonflexible Heavy-Wall Conduit  133
Tubing (Thinwall Nonflexible Raceways)   136
Flexible Raceways   138
Installing Wires in Conduit   140

Chapter 13.  MODERNIZING OLD WIRING   141
Problems of "Old Work"   142
Wiring Methods   142
Installing New Service and Circuits   144
Installing Boxes and Running Cable   146
Installing Switches, Receptacles, and Outlets   155

Chapter 14.  APPLIANCES   158
Receptacles   158
Individual Circuits for Appliances   160
Grounding of Appliances   161
Disconnecting Means and Overcurrent Protection   161
Wiring of Common Heavy Appliances   162

Chapter 15.  FINISHING YOUR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION   166
Installing Devices in Boxes   166
Hanging Fixtures   167

 

PART 4.  SPECIAL WIRING SITUATIONS AND PROJECTS

Chapter 16. ELECTRIC MOTORS    170
Work Capacity of Motors   170
Power Consumed by Motors   171
Types of Motors   172
Large Motors on Farms   173
Phase Converters   174
Motor Circuit Requirements   175
Installing the Motor   179

Chapter 17.  FARM WIRING   180
Locating the Meter Pole ("Distribution Point" in the NEC Terminology)   180
Determining Size of Wires and Service   185
Installing Overhead Wiring   188
Installing Underground Wiring   189
Installing Service Equipment at Buildings   190
Grounds: Location and Installation, and Special Requirements   192
Wiring Branch Circuits and Outlets in Farm Buildings   195
Farm Safety   202

Chapter 18.  LOW-VOLTAGE WIRING   204
Telephone Wiring   204
CATV Wiring   206
Home Computer Network Wiring   207
Doorbells, Chimes, and Other Low-Voltage Controls   207
Low-Voltage Switches   200
Wireless Radio-Controlled Switches    210
Central Vacuum Systems   211

Chapter 19.  TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIRS   212
Troubleshooting Fuses and Circuit Breakers   212
Updating Aluminum Wiring   215
Replacing Wall Switches   216
Testing and Replacing Wall Receptacles   218
Troubleshooting Light Fixtures   218
Troubleshooting Cords and Plugs   219
Repairing Table or Floor Lamps   220
Troubleshooting Doorbells and Chimes   221

Glossary.  223

Index.   231

About the Authors.  243

Order Form.  244

Tables

Table 3-1. Watts Consumed by Various Appliances   23
Table 4-1. Ampacity of Copper Wires   27
Table 4-2. One-Way Distances for 2% Volume Drop by Wire Size at 120 Volts Single-Phase   30
Table 4-3. One-Way Distances for 2% Volume Drop by Wire Size at 240 Volts Single-Phase   30
Table 5-1. Number of Lighting Circuits   47
Table 5-2. Determining Correct Amperage for Motors    49
Table 5-3. Suggested Number of 120-Volt and 240-Volt Circuits   49
Table 9-1. Interior Volume of Standard Boxes   99
Table 9-2. Volume Required per Conductor   99
Table 16-1. Allowable Distance (in Feet) from Service Equipment to Single-Phase Motor for Different Wire Sizes    179


Park Publishing, Inc.
Softcover, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 243 pages, 228 illustrations
43rd edition, June 2011
ISBN 978-0971977976
Price $14.95

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