February 27, 2007

Complete Home Wiring - Review

CompleteWiring.jpgUPDATE: This book has been recalled after nine years on the shelves. More information here.

With Complete Home Wiring, Sunset Books and editor Scott Atkinson have put together a solid reference for any one attempting a home wiring project. From a brief course on electricity to troubleshooting complicated problems, virtually every topic is covered.

The information is conveyed with clear writing, easy to understand drawings, and helpful pictures and charts. Topics covered include:

Low voltage wiring
How and where to run wires
Planning new circuits
Recessed lights, ceiling fans, and wall sconces
Electrical tools
The correct way to strip a wire
And on and on...

Because it is so thorough, it is a great reference to have sitting on the shelf for use when needed. There are a lot of basic electrical guides out there and we think this one stands a bit higher than the rest.

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February 26, 2007

Building the Timber Frame House - Review


If you've ever driven through Vermont and wondered how that 200 year old barn could, not only still be standing, but how it could have a perfectly straight roofline with no sag, then you need to get Building the Timber Frame House and read up on the art of timber framing.

Tedd Benson's first, and in our opinion, best, book on the subject is a detailed examination of the history and the construction techniques behind these magnificent structures. Even if you don't ever have any intention or will to build a timber framed house (and how many of us are that lucky), the book is a valuable resource on the general structure of a home, proper and complex joints in woodworking, and the all around concepts needed to build something that is going to stand the test of time.

All of this great information is displayed in an easy to understand manner, accompanied by amazing illustrations. This is really a great book.

Check out his other books as well.

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