David E. Shapiro Old Electrical Wiring

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Old Electrical Wiring

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9780070578791: Old Electrical Wiring

Providing a comprehensive guide to old electrical systems, this text features decriptive drawings and illustrations.

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Learn how to repair or replace wiring in old buildings--and bring them up to Code. There are millions of wonderful old building all across America--but in many cases, their wiring differs in major ways from today's accepted standards. If you're perplexed about how to deal with old wiring, this first-of-it-kind guide will give you the tools to solve any electrical wiring problem encountered in old houses and apartment buildings--even historic residences--and in smaller commercial structures. Packed with drawings and illustrations, including pictures of old devices, this practical book will tell you whether an old electrical system needs to be torn out or repaired--and how to bring an old building up to Code. You'll find complete details on: Troublshooting-how to uncover and solve actual technical problems of old wiring; Design Changes-how to untangle the cumulative changes in a building's electrical layout, and make it legal and safe; Swtiching Layouts-how to develop solutions to dangerous and illegal systems such as Carter System (lazy neutral) swtiching; History & Resources-how to estimate the age of a system...and where to find equipment and information needed to repair it. You'll also get an extensive glossary of old wiring terms and slang--plus advice on dealing with authorities and customers regarding issues ranging from aesthetics to grandfathering.

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Far from being a dry, technical manual, Old Electrical Wiring Maintenance and Retrofit by David E. Shapiro, is an enjoyable readable guide to the many peculiar installations that may be encountered in older buildings. The book addresses time-worn and idiosyncratic work, and helps with the decision to repair or replace. The target audience is the practicing electrician, but non-electricians will garner lots of useful information about old systems and methods. Examples alert readers to possible problems and offer sound, experienced advice. There are plenty of case histories and troubleshooting tips here to aid in tracking down isolated glitches, such as dead outlets, mystery shorts or tired fixture locations. The well-organized chapters include just enough black & white photos and schematics for clarity, while the glossary of terms at the back of the book is an education all by itself. If your first look at that old service panel elicited a "yikes," take note: This excellent book is for you. -- The Journal of Light Construction

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