January 27, 2010

DIY Books Recalled

sunset_complete_home_wiring.jpgThe publishing company Oxmoor House is recalling a number of electrical how-to books due to the fact that they contain, "errors in the technical diagrams and wiring instructions that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock or fire hazard to consumers." There's no more information available as to exactly which drawings contain the bad advice, which is too bad because some of these books have been on the shelves since 1975. Thankfully though, there have been no injuries resulting from the errors.

One of the books, Complete Home Wiring, is sitting on our desk right now. We even reviewed it way back in the first month of this site's existence. In that review, we applauded the book for its, "helpful pictures and charts." Apparently what we should have written was, 'deadly pictures and charts."

If you have one of the books, listed below, you are to visit www.sunsetrecall.com for instructions on how to return it for a full refund.

An article on the recall is here, the recall press release is here, and, again, if you have one of the books, go here to return it.
The books are:

  • AmeriSpec Home Repair Handbook
  • Lowe's Complete Home Improvement and Repair
  • Lowe's Complete Home Wiring
  • Sunset Basic Home Repairs
  • Sunset Complete Home Wiring
  • Sunset Complete Patio Book
  • Sunset Home Repair Handbook
  • Sunset Water Gardens
  • Sunset You Can Build -- Wiring

A big thanks to reader Dar for bringing this to our attention.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 27, 2010 5:00 AM

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Recent Comments

Really! - recalling the books sounds fishy to me, (esp a book in circulation since '75) publish a list of corrected diagrams, yes, disappear the books by recalling them? - weird, inappropriate solution containing a "danger" scare tactic. I'll keep my books thanks, with an awareness to verify the diagrams and practice good safety...


Posted by: James Jones at January 27, 2010 10:58 AM
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