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Home wiring is a skill that is worth developing beyond the basics of replacing a switch or rewiring a
lamp. There is no such thing as a simple wiring project, inasmuch as the consequences of any mistake can be severe. But advancing your skillset to include more challenging and complicated projects is the surest way to make your initial investment in the fundamentals of electrical service pay maximum dividends. This new 3rd edition of Black & Decker Advanced Home Wiring is directed specifically at homeowners who have some wiring experience and are interested in upgrading their capabilities.
Home wiring projects fall into three general categories: installing wiring fixtures such as ceiling
lights or baseboard heaters; installing or upgrading wiring circuitry; and troubleshooting and repair.
You’ll find advanced-level projects in all three categories, but for the most part, the more challenging projects tend to be in the circuitry and repair groups. Almost all of the advanced wiring projects featured in this book involve new circuitry, panel upgrades, or troubleshooting with diagnostic equipment. Among the high-level projects you’re not likely to find in other DIY wiring books: making a direct-current, solar-electric circuit; upgrading the grounding and bonding on your new 200-amp or larger home circuit; installing an automatic transfer switch for your backup power supply; and using a multimeter to precisely locate an open neutral in a home circuit.
Even though the projects found in this book are advanced in nature, do not attempt any of them
unless you are confident in your abilities. Consult a professional electrician if you have any concerns
—in many cases your best solution might be to do some of the work yourself, such as pulling new
sheathed cable through walls, and to have the electrical contractor do the other work, such as making the connections. Because most wiring projects require a permit from your local building department, you will need to be able to plot out and explain clearly your project strategies, materials, and costs, and in some cases arrange for field inspections.
But do keep in mind that home wiring can be a fun and fascinating pursuit, and successfully accomplishing a major project is personally gratifying and can also save you substantial amouns of money.