a practical guide to the 17th edition of the wiring regulation pdf
This book is not intended to take the place of the 17th Edition of the Wiring
Regulations (BS 7671); instead I hope that it will be used as a reference book
alongside BS 7671.
I have been involved in the construction industry all of my working life,
primarily in the electrical side. When I left school and started my first work, I was
15 years old, at which time I was quite sure that I would never attend another lesson
in my life. To me, school was an absolute waste of time and I could not face the
thought of spending another day sitting behind a desk. I am pretty sure that I was
not the only person to feel like that, as I was more of a practical person and not at all
Back in the early 1960s, there was less emphasis on gaining a qualification than
there is now, although of course it was desirable. Gaining a qualification would have
required attending a technical college; so given my view of education, there was to be
no qualification for me! I took a job as an electrician ’ s labourer working for a small
contracting firm which was involved in all types of electrical contracting and repair.
I was incredibly lucky as the firm was run by two lovely brothers, Tony and Ron
Pointing, who took me under their wing, showed an unbelievable amount of patience
and gave me an incredible apprenticeship. This book is dedicated to them, as without
them, I would probably still be a labourer.
Twenty -five years after I left school I decided that it may be a good idea to
attend an electrical course at Crawley College to see if I could gain an electrical
qualification. The practical side of the course was very easy for me, as it was what
I had been doing for the last 25 years. Unfortunately, the theory side of the course
was a completely different kettle of fish, and I could not begin to put into words how
difficult I found it all. To help me with my studies, I bought countless books which
I read from cover to cover, generally several times.
Unfortunately, many of these books were still too complex for me to fully understand, but I persevered and gained the required qualifications. I remember thinking at the time that if I found the course difficult, what must it be like for younger students who had virtually no practical
After I qualified, I was asked to do a bit of part-time teaching at a college and was
initially a bit apprehensive about it but decided to give it a try. Right from the first
day, everything seemed to go pretty well and I have been teaching ever since.
quickly learnt that many students who wanted to become electricians were just like
me and found the academic side of the course very difficult. Because of this, I took a
different approach and started writing lessons in my own words instead of using theusual text books, which although they were very good, did not really suit my way of