By H. P. Richter, W. C. Schwan, Frederic P. Hartwell
This forty fourth edition—part of a sequence always released for greater than eighty years and in response to the 2014 nationwide electric Code—is a convenient handbook that has been utilized by generations of readers who research the “why” in addition to the “how-to” of wiring practices. Encouraging readers to take on jobs small and big, the advisor covers every thing from repairing a desk lamp to wiring a complete residence. After introducing the basics—standards, codes, safeguard practices, and an summary of the way electrical energy is measured and delivered—chapters convey the best way to layout a structure for lighting, switches, and receptacles; run a line from a application pole; set up wires, circuits, and grounds; and deal with exact tasks similar to changing previous wiring and wiring indifferent garages and accent structures. The do-it-yourselfer appreciates the unique directions and drawings, the home-owner operating with a contractor earnings perception into how one can speak with the pro concerning the difficulties to be solved, and scholars and lecturers relish the variety and intensity of the subject material and the accompanying pupil workbook.
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Copper wire is the best material for ordinary purposes. If iron wire were used, it would have to be about ten times as large in cross-sectional area as copper wire. Other conductors include cable and busbars. Humans and animals can accidentally become conductors resulting in electric shock, so always use caution when working with electricity. All references in this book are to copper wire, except in the discussion of aluminum wire later in this chapter and in Chapter 19. Wire sizes Copper wire sizes are indicated by number–the larger the number, the smaller the wire.
Tables 4–2 and 4–3 on the next page show one-way distances in feet for 2 percent voltage drop at 120 and 240 volts. 19(A) Informational Note No. 2(A)(1) Informational Note No. 2. Use the table that corresponds to the voltage of the circuit in question. To operate a load 300 feet away requires 600 feet of wire, but look for the figure 300 in the table. The distances under each wire size are the distances that size wire will carry the different amperages (or wattages) in the left-hand columns, with the customary 2 percent voltage drop.
There are two basic approaches to starting the initial arc using ballasts. A rapidstart fixture uses a small amount of current to heat the filament so it will produce the required initial flow of electrons. The instant-start fixture does not preheat the filament. Instead, a much higher voltage is applied directly across the tube when starting, sufficient to ignite the lamp without preheating the filaments. There is an important tradeoff to consider when making this choice. The low-power heating current consumes a small but noticeable amount of energy that the instant-start fixture does not waste.