Residential Construction Academy,
5th Edition

Gregory W Fletcher

ISBN-13: 9781337402415
Copyright 2019 | Published
896 pages | List Price: USD $174.95

Gain the knowledge, hands-on skills, and industry insights you need to succeed with this proven guide to the latest and best practices in residential electrical wiring. Completely up to date with the 2017 National Electrical Code® and key Home Builders Institute (HBI) National Skill Standards, this vividly illustrated, full-color text will give you a thorough grounding in basic residential wiring concepts. In addition, you’ll learn about "green" topics such as sustainable building practices and alternative energy systems, as well as practical applications, real-world scenarios, and safety practices you’re likely to encounter on the job. With special features to reinforce learning in every chapter, plus helpful print and digital support materials, RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY: HOUSE WIRING, Fifth Edition, is your ideal resource for career success.


1. Residential Workplace Safety.
2. Hardware and Materials Used in Residential Wiring.
3. Tools Used in Residential Wiring.
4. Test and Measurement Instruments Used in Residential Wiring.
5. Understanding Residential Building Plans.
6. Determining Branch Circuit, Feeder Circuit, and Service Entrance Requirements.
7. Introduction to Residential Service Entrances.
8. Service Entrance Equipment and Installation.
9. General NEC® Requirements for Rough-In Wiring.
10. Electrical Box Installation
11. Cable Installation.
12. Raceway Installation.
13. Switching Circuit Installation.
14. Branch-Circuit Installation.
15. Special Residential Wiring Situations.
16. Video, Voice and Data Wiring Installation.
17. Lighting Fixture Installation.
18. Device Installation.
19. Service Panel Trim-Out.
20. Checking Out and Troubleshooting Electrical Wiring Systems.
21. Green Wiring Practices.
22. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Installation.

  • Gregory W Fletcher

    Gregory W. Fletcher is chairman of the Trades and Technology Department and director/instructor of the Electrical Technology program at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine. With more than 30 years of experience in the electrical field, he has taught electrical wiring practices at the secondary level, apprentice level, and post-secondary level. He is also the author of THE ELECTRICIAN'S GUIDE TO PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM INSTALLATION, RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY: HOUSE WIRING WORKBOOK/LAB MANUAL, and GUIDE TO USING THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE. Licensed since 1976--first as a Journeyman and then as a Master Electrician--Mr. Fletcher holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Construction and Maintenance, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Technical Education, and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Education. In addition, he is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and the National Fire Protection Association.

  • The author has carefully updated all material to reflect the 2017 National Electrical Code®, preparing students to enter the field well-versed in the latest industry standards and best practices.

  • Several illustrations have been updated in light of current residential wiring practices commonly encountered in today’s industry.

  • Learning objectives in many chapters have been added or updated to better align with the specific knowledge and skills students should develop after completing each chapter.

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  • The text provides in-depth coverage of key topics such as safety, hardware and materials, tools, meters, print reading, and common residential wiring practices, providing a wide-ranging, highly practical introduction to today’s industry.

  • In addition to chapters devoted to “green” wiring practices and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, coverage of green topics and sustainable building practices is integrated throughout the text.

  • End-of-chapter review questions reinforce chapter content and encourage development of critical thinking skills, while task procedures help students gain proficiency in applying their knowledge and skills to key professional practices.

  • "From Experience" sections address common residential wiring practices and scenarios, and “Caution" boxes throughout the text emphasize the ongoing importance of safety in every stage of wiring installation.

  • Extensive glossaries in both English and Spanish are included, providing a useful reference to industry terminology and other key concepts.

  • The text's robust supplement package includes a wide variety of tools to support teaching and learning, including a complete Instructor’s Guide, a hands-on student workbook and lab manual, and a MindTap solution that integrates numerous digital resources within a single, convenient platform.

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