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Table Of Contents

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You Don’t Have to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Installing Power Distribution and Basic Wiring
Part II: Adding Communication, Audio, and Video Systems
Part III: Installing Home Networks and Advanced Technology
Part IV: Security and Safety Systems
Part V: Extending Technology to Outdoor Living Spaces
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Part VII: Appendixes
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1
Living on Digital Easy Street
Planning Your Digital Dream Home
Designing for new construction
Remodeling an existing residence
Completing single-focus projects
Choosing the Contractor — or Being Your Own
Selecting a contractor
Being your own contractor
Gathering Tools and Equipment
Hand tools
Power tools
Test equipment
Understanding the Power You Need
Alternating stuff
Transforming current with transformers
Amps and volts and other terms
Meeting Power Company andCodeRequirements
Getting permitted
Installing in light of code requirements
Choosing a circuit panel
Choosing a distribution-panel location
Installing Electrical Services
Setting up temporary service
Looking up to overhead electrical service
Going underground
Connecting the electrical distributionpanel
Grounding your service
Laying Out Receptacles (Legally)
Spacing receptacles
When to use GFI receptacles
Setting box heights
Making sure the box is flush
Mounting boxes during rewiring projects
Calculating box fill
Drilling Holes for Wiring
Drilling the framing
Drilling joists
Pulling Wires
Wiring to Code
Wiring the rest of the house
Wiring dryers and ranges
Wiring closets
Selecting Device Styles and Colors
Working with Receptacles and Switches
Installing receptacles and GFIs
Installing switches
Flushing and Leveling Electrical Devices
Testing Your Installations
Controlling Your Gadgets Remotely
Infrared and radio frequency remotes
Motion sensors
X10 remotes and devices
Using Timers for Around-the-Clock Control
Wiring Your Phone Service
Planning service entrances
Planning internal house wiring
Wiring for Conventional Phones
Installing a Home PBX System
Integrating VoIP
Understanding how VoIP works
Choosing a VoIP phone adapter
Choosing a VoIP service provider
Videoconferencing from Home
Equipping for videoconferencing
Using gateways for multi-point conferencing
Planning a Home Communications System
Selecting locations
Choosing wire
Selecting amplifiers and speakers
Choosing intercom components
Installing the Hardware
Installing LV rings
Installing a central control unit
Connecting radio antennas
Installing and wiring remote locations
Readying Your Home for Prime Time
Bringing TV service into your home
Installing TV cable jacks
Installing TV cable
Connecting the common distribution point
Installing for a Fiber Optic Future
Understanding fiber optic cable
Consider your fiber optic strategy
Choosing home fiber optic service
Connecting to fiber optic devices
Hooking up to the ONT
Encompassing your listeners with surround sound
Choosing and Installing Speakers
Wiring multi-room systems
Choosing speakers
Wiring in the speakers
Designing for Adaptable Family Rooms
Lighting Your Family Room
Measuring light levels
Selecting fluorescent fixtures
Using recessed fixtures
Using track fixtures
Supplementing with lamps and task lighting
Controlling your family room lights
Planning Family Room Outlets
Designing Your Dedicated Home Theater
Maintaining access to the equipment
Including a control center
Maintaining clear sound zones
Selecting Video Components
Reviewing camera features
Choosing a video surveillance system
Installing Your Video System
Positioning cameras
Supplying power to your cameras
Connecting cameras to the network
Understanding Internet Terminology: Stirring the Alphabet Soup
POTS (Plain Old Telephone System)
IP (Internet Protocol) addresses
DNS (Domain Name Services)
DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)
Reviewing Your Internet ConnectionOptions
Dial-up service
ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)
T-1 lines
Broadband cable
Fiber optic service
BPL (Broadband Over Power Lines)
Area wireless services
Connecting Your Home Network totheInternet
Installing a DSL or cable modem
Installing and configuring a router
Using firewalls
Understanding hubs and switches
Preparing to Wire Your Digital Home forNetworking
Understanding Wireless “Wiring”
Setting Up Your Home Network
Selecting Home Automation Components
Choosing automation software
Selecting a computer to run HAL
Wiring Your Home Automation Computer
Connecting HAL to the telephone
Installing voice-command stations
Interfacing with the home’s electricalsystem
Providing backup power to theautomationsystem
Networking your automation system
Programming the automation interfaces
Protecting Your Home with Alarms
Comparing intrusion alarms
Understanding sensors
Wiring and installing sensors
Increasing safety with supplemental alarms
Screen visitors
Make some security elements visible
Secure your home
Identifying Your Home’s Critical Systems
Comparing Types of Backup Power
Uninterruptible power supplies
Inverter systems
Green power systems
External combustion steam systems
Internal combustion systems
Interfacing Backup Systems toYourElectrical System
Alternative Energy Systems
Choosing an inverter
Caring for batteries
Powering Sunrooms
Installing power and lighting
Bringing entertainment to the sunroom
Electrifying Patios and Decks
Lighting Your Garden
Delivering Electricity to Outbuildings
Retrofitting power to existing outbuildings
Wiring in workshops
Lighting outbuildings
Installing network, phone, TV, and intercom service
Wiring for sheds
Installing Saunas
Selecting a sauna stove
Supplying power
Installing the sauna stove control
Wiring near Pools and Hot Tubs
Pumping Water on Your Property
Powering well pumps
Installing garden and waterfall pumps
Using waste system pumps
Designing around the Weather
Running wires in bulkheads
Wiring directly to the point of use
Wiring Outdoor Theaters orSoundSystems
Controlling outdoor theaters or sound systems
Planning the theater space
Installing a Home Weather Station
Improperly Interpreting the National Electrical Code
When Grounding Is Not Grounding
Ignoring the BOCA or IRC Codes
Not Following Your Own ConsistencyRules
Collect the History
Who witnessed the point of failure?
What was happening at the time?
Where was the device when it failed?
How did it fail?
When did the failure occur?
Why did it fail?
Understand the Process
Plan the Approach
Follow Safety Procedures
Eliminate the Obvious
Begin at the Beginning
Avoid the Replacement Trap
Check the Vital Signs
Eliminate the Cause
Verify the Repair
WESCO International
Using the Basic Ohm’s Law Formula
Measuring current in amps
Measuring electromotive force in volts
Calculating Electrical Values
Calculating power in watts
Calculating energy use in watt-hours
Measuring power in AC circuits
Using the NFPA Wire Properties Table
Selecting Conductors
Limitations for using small conductors
Bundling conductors together
Ethernet Length Limits
System requirements
System Requirements
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