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Old 01-20-2012, 05:32 PM   #1
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I,ve gotta about a year in electrical. Picked up a few things, but would really like to learn more.

Are the some book"s" that teach the basic or at least help me know when the boss asks for the amp on a a/c unit i know what to look for oh and a book on trouble shooting.

Hope im not asking for to much
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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American electricians handbook for starters. Maybe look at taking some evening classes at a vo tech school.
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You should also learn to do electrical work safely. Build on your learning from that core fundamental.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
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I used to teach apprenticeship classes and I taught and still am a firm believer that you will get 90% of your education with your tool belt on, mouth shut and eyes open. Ask questions when you want to know more but don't act like you know when you don't.

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For book-learnin' I'd seriously recommend "Soars: Grounding and Bonding" which will go a very long way to demystifying something many journeyman don't understand.

For theory: "Basic Electricity" by the Bureau of Naval Personnel. The technology in it is outdated, but it's one of the best theory books I've seen.

As far as books on troubleshooting, I bought some years ago, but they've collected dust; I didn't find them useful. I think understanding the "rules" behind what makes electricity act the way it does, and simple experience seeing that in action, is what helped me learn to troubleshoot.

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Delmar's Standard Textbook of Electricity and the Benfield Conduit Bending Guide.
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are they sending you to school ? if not, convince them to do so.
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Mike Holts Journeyman Exam prep book is pretty good. You could also buy some Tom Henry books.
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I,ve gotta about a year in electrical. Picked up a few things, but would really like to learn more.

Are the some book"s" that teach the basic or at least help me know when the boss asks for the amp on a a/c unit i know what to look for oh and a book on trouble shooting.

Hope im not asking for to much
Just so you know.... next time your boss asks about the amperage on a condensing unit, you need to know (2) things:

The information needed is always listed on the nameplate on the AC condenser.

1) The minimum circuit ampacity, or 'MCA' (branch circuit size of the wire)
2) The maximum over current protection (circuit breaker size)

This code reference can be found in section 440.6.
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