Experienced home electricians understand the need to keep up with the changes in the world of wiring. Wiring projects, especially more advanced ones, most often require permission from the municipality and usually also on-site inspection. If the wiring code is not up-to-date, the project may not pass the inspection. But beyond the practicality of passing inspections, the codes that manage wiring practices are updated for good reason: they improve safety. And when you are talking about your own home or family, it is worth paying attention.
This latest version of BLACK+DECKER Advanced Home Wiring has been reviewed and revised to reflect many changes in wiring codes published in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC), which is updated every 3 years. And this time there was an unusually high number of changes. They include the requirement that available neutral wires be present in all switch boxes, the expansion of the type of circuit that requires AFCI protection, and a new ban on ties to garage receptacles. Some of these changes are reflected in the updated information here.
Most of the advanced wiring projects featured in this book include new circuits, panel upgrades, or troubleshooting with diagnostic equipment among the high level projects: Making direct current, solar electrical circuits; being based on your new 200 amp or larger home circuit and improving coupling.
Automatic transfer switch for your backup power supply; wiring room addition; and use multi meter to accurately find open neutral in the home circuit.
About the Book
Experienced residential electricians understand the need to keep up with the changing world of wiring. Wiring projects, especially advanced projects, almost always require a permit from the municipality and usually a site inspection or two. If you don’t have up-to-date wiring codes, your project may not pass inspection.
But there is a good reason why codes governing wiring methods are updated, and not just for the practical reason of passing inspections. It is to improve safety. And when you are talking about your own home and family, it is worth paying attention.
BLACK+DECKER Advanced Home Wiring contains a carefully selected group of home wiring projects that goes far beyond the basics of adding a receptacle or rewiring a lamp. Take your skill in working with electrical systems to a new level. Projects include adding a stand-alone, direct-current circuit powered by the sun; installing an automatic standby power system; replacing a main service panel; grounding and bonding your electrical system; installing a radiant flooring system; and working with 240-volt and three-phase power. There are also updated circuit maps to show available neutral, information on AFCI-protected service panels, and crucially important changes in GFCI protection codes.