Workshop Electrics
by Alex Weiss

Published by Special Interest Model Books Ltd, Dorset England

150 x 210mm


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Extract from back cover of book:

This book deals with electricity in the workshop and includes everything from fitting a 13 amp plug to wiring up a new workshop building. Safety, a key issue, is fully covered. Starting with the planning necessary before electrical installation work commences, the book then deals with the fusing, equipment, lighting, fittings and wiring for 240 volt mains electricity. Further chapters cover outside workshops, three phase supplies and low voltage equipment including security systems, telephones and TV aerials. Finally, there is a glossary of terms and a list of useful addresses.

Note - Due to Australian regulations, some work detailed in this book can only be carried out by a licenced electrician.

About the Author - Alex Weiss has been modelling for nearly half a century and has established a well-equipped workshop in his home that included a lathe and milling machine. He designs his own aircraft and having taken early retirement, now spends his time writing books and building models.

Photos: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Metric


Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Planning and preparation
Location and size of workshop, basic electrical principles, equipment to be installed, power consumption, sources of electricity, assessing the household installation, replacing consumer units, wiring regulations, planning and positioning lights and power outlets, three phase machinery, inspection and testing, sources of materials.

Chapter 3 - Safety in workshop electrics
The importance of safety, electricity and water, isolating the mains, wiring colours, fuses and miniature circuit breakers (MCBs), extension leads and adapters, rotating machinery and power failure, double insulation, plugs and cables, battery chargers, working alone, first aid, fire risks, lightning, safety rules.

Chapter 4 - Single phase supplies
Circuits, consumer units, standby power supplies, 110/120 volt equipment, filters and suppressers.

Chapter 5 - Fuses and MCBs
Fuses, MCBs, residual current devices (RCDs), why fuses blow, repairing fuses, checking for faults.

Chapter 6 - Wiring and connection to the mains
Permanent mains wiring, flexible wiring, cable stripping, permanent wiring installation, surface and metal boxes, junction and terminal boxes, wiring up different circuits, test equipment and testing, other types of wiring.

Chapter 7 - Outside workshops
Size and length of cable, underground and overhead connection, connection at house and workshop, outside lights and sockets, security lights.

Chapter 8 - Plugs and sockets
What to power from a 13 amp socket, spurs, installing sockets, 13 amp plugs and their wiring, flex connectors and extension leads, adapters, speed controllers.

Chapter 9 - Fixed appliances
Fixed connection units, equipment requiring more than 13 amps, types of fixed appliance, heaters and thermostats, night storage heaters.

Chapter 10 - Lighting
Circuits, junction boxes and wiring, switches, fluorescent and compact fluorescent lights, range of light bulbs, fixtures and fittings, task lighting, supplying lights from 13 amp sockets, inspection lights, emergency lighting.

Chapter 11 - Three phase supplies
Advantages and disadvantages, obtaining a supply, three phase converters, running three phase machines, connecting to a three phase supply, wiring and distribution panels, starting and speed control.

Chapter 12 - Low voltage supplies
Low voltage lighting, 12 volt equipment, power supply units, speed controllers, wiring and tools, telephones, intercoms, security systems, TV aerials.

Glossary of terms
List of useful addresses