Home Electrical Repair Book
A Birthday or Christmas Gift?
Circuit Down !
Outages and short circuits are only two of the ways electricity can go wrong around home. Circuit Down may be the only thorough book on home electrical circuit problems. Yet it is not overly technical.
Maybe this home electrical repair book should be part of your emergency kit. And not just yours -- what a great birthday gift for Dad! Or anytime, for the handyman or handywoman around home. Even engineers, electricians and their apprentices can pick up tips here.
Home maintenance isn't always simple, but it just got easier with this electrical how-to book.
As a birthday or Christmas gift idea, you are telling the person that you believe in their home improvement abilities and you want them to be just as competent in electrical troubleshooting. A DIY gift for guys, including handywoman guys.
Circuit Down is for U.S. and Canadian homeowners, by an electrician. Larry Dimock has been in the electrical trade continuously since 1977. The troubleshooting emphasis of his business has given him a unique sympathy for people as they suffer the various electrical ills that can bother a home. By this home electrical repair book, he seems to want to empower the public with a practical education in a subject too often shrouded in cautions, as if only those initiated into a secret brotherhood can understand what they are dealing with. See these Reviews on Amazon and this one on B&N.
Over thirty illustrations and charts, together with clearly written text, make household electrical problems much more understandable and solvable. Graphics in the book are black-white-gray to keep the cost down.What does the book cover? Here are the chapter titles from the Table of Contents:
- Your Electrical System
- How Things Go Wrong
- Diagram of a Typical Circuit
- Three- and Four-Way Switches
- Ground-fault Interrupters (GFCIs)
- Two-circuit Cables
- An Open on a Main Wire
- Pitfalls in Replacing Devices
- Labeling Your Panel
- A Troubleshooting Strategy
- Has Something Tripped?
- How to Test for What
- Locating & Troubleshooting GFCIs
- Correcting Outlets (for Real Estate)
- Recognizing Poor Connections
- A Diagnostic Tree
- Frequently Answered Questions
- Particular Appliances & Switches
- Brief Troubleshooting Tips
- Thoughts on Electrical Fires
- Stories: Detective Cases
- Help From the Author
- The Arc-fault Breaker page
- The Connections Tutorial page
- The Wire Connection Catalog. page
- The "Am I Being Dumb" checklist page
- The Electrical Myths page
- The Common Electrical Problems page
- The Rodent damage page
- The Outage Diagnosis Flowchart page
- The Chart of outlet tester readings page
- The Eastside page
- Personal and site-related pages
- Links to other sites
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