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)

  • Make common electrical repairs
  • Add new switches and receptacles
  • Install lighting fixtures, appliances, & outdoor lighting
  • Run wiring from room to room
  • Add new circuits & service panels

As a homeowner, you’ll learn how your house’s electrical system works and how to complete installations and repairs. This project-based book shows how to select the right cable, wires, and other equipment, and how to run wiring through walls and between floors. Projects guide you through installing switches, outlet receptacles, electrical appliances, and lighting systems.

You’ll also learn how outdoor lighting, including security and low-voltage systems, can help improve and illuminate the exterior areas around your home.

The eighth edition has been updated with the latest information on everything from big screen TVs to 3-way switches required by the National Electrical Code.

Ultimate Guide to Wiring explains residential electrical systems in easy-to-understand terms to help you learn how to work with electric wiring and repair, replace, and install typical electrical-system elements. Learn how to work like a professional electrician, and save money with DIY home electrical installations and repairs!

Community Review

  • Good overview over DIY electrics – comprehensive information, easy to read, lots of really good pictures and wiring diagrams. Includes lots of information on coax and cat5 as well, as well as good overview of materials and tools needed. My concern is that it focuses more on “this is how you do it” instead of “don’t ever do this”. For instance, in one guide about messing around inside the distribution panel, the “turn off the main breaker” instruction is just written as a part of step 2, with no special emphasis – it really ought to be in bold, red text with skulls next to it. And I just noticed another code requirements isn’t mentioned at all (metal boxes need to be grounded) which makes me question how complete the book really is.
  • This book is average at best, and backwards, understanding electricity and all the materials should be in the beginning chapters, not the last chapters. Book might be up to date with the text, but the pictures are severely outdated. They have drawings of VCRs and products which looks like they are from the 90s.

    No mention of any troubleshooting on anything electrical in the book.

    Not ultimate at all.

  • This book, is pretty amazing at a glance. Colored pictures and over 300 pages of information compiled within the pages. It has an index and glossary, as well as tabs very easy to see. So I guess you’re wondering why I gave it one star?
    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.
  • Let me start by saying I love books. I would rather pick up a book to research a project than search the internet. However, that being said, the world moves at an icredible pace and a prime example is seen with some of the sections in this book. For me the section devoted to home alarm wiring is delinquent, there is no mention of wireless systems etc. With the home automation moving so rapidly it must be hard for book publishers to keep up. Simple projects such as wiring a light switch can be complicated with automation and wifi built into them. I returned the book as I realized most of the projects in the book would require further research because of the extra features that I would be using.
  • Excellent, simplified explanations of “how-to” wiring. Informative illustrations and photographs. Plain English.
    Makes “troubleshooting” so much easier. Thank you. R Clark, Santa Monica, CA 1/2/18
  • This book has been most useful. Clear pictures. Step-by-step instructions. A worthy investment.

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