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Ultimate Guide: Wiring, 8th Updated Edition (Creative Homeowner) DIY Home Electrical Installations & Repairs from New Switches to Indoor & Outdoor Lighting with Step-by-Step Photos (Ultimate Guides) Spiral-bound – January 3, 2017
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The book is called a ultimate wiring guide, is so limited in basic information of wiring that I was surprised to see them go the national electric code standards. However a lot of information of what you would need for some very basic wiring of your home is not included. Furthermore information on types of plugs switches etc. are all over the place. Rather than put all the common information together so person that is looking for specific type of item to be adjusted. Installed..they put these in random areas throughout the book.
The problem with people when they write books, is they look at it from the authors point of view. And I can see some of the logic in this book the way it was written. It is written from from the point of view of someone that has knowledge. And not the reader who will be looking for information. Looking at glossary, and the index the information is sure and unclear.
This will be the first book, having been a member at Amazon for over 10 years, I usually will never return a book as being to active. Unless it arrived torn or something on the lines but this is nothing like the description is not a complete guide at all. In fact they go into other areas of the book, such as home security and other electronics rather than being thorough and basic electrical information. The book is kind of odd in the way it's presented. They want to revise you some of the very most basic information a user will need to get started, understanding how electricity works. The may have incomplete schematics that make it impossible to understand the process unless you are in electrician. It's like the book was written by a master electrician for other master electricians. But they include information for very basic wiring and understanding of electrical mechanics
.I'm not trying to be hard on this book on purpose. But it needs to be rewritten to be sure it includes all the basic wiring information. A lot of this stuff has been around information wise for over 100 years but is absent from this book. I can appreciate the amount of work that went into this book, and it's obvious there's some passion behind supplying such a detailed piece of information. But it seems like at the end the book was not supplying the information a basic person would need and that's disappointing being how nice the book looks at how much work obviously went into it.
No mention of any troubleshooting on anything electrical in the book.
Not ultimate at all.
I'd misplaced my Rex Caldwell [while he's listed as a "Contributing Writer", he has his own book, which is superb] and thinking it would turn up eventually, decided to try this book. Didn't realize it was a housewives' guide!
I knew I was in trouble when, in the first 30 seconds of ownership, I went to the index looking for "subpanels" ... nothing. "Panels" ?... nothing. Checked the title. Maybe the title said "Writing" and not "Wiring"?
Bottom line, too many subjects treated very superficially. Certainly not enough accurate information for anyone wanting to get their hands dirty. Pablum. Don't buy.