About the authors

The late H. P. RICHTER wrote the first edition of Wiring Simplified in 1932. It was one of the first how-to books on wiring for the general reader. It was followed by Practical Electrical Wiring in 1939. With the publication of each succeeding edition of these books, the author came to be regarded more and more widely as both the do-it-yourselfer's electrician and the electrician's electrician. He had the rare ability to write for both the amateur and the professional, and his books continue today in updated versions.

W. CREIGHTON SCHWAN, a registered professional engineer and electrical consultant, is a recognized authority on wiring standards and practices. He has been the co-author of Wiring Simplified and Practical Electrical Wiring and regularly contributes a column, "Code Comments," to the magazine Electrical Contractor. His background includes positions as supervising electrical inspector in Alameda County, California, electrical safety engineer for the California Division of Industrial Safety, and senior field engineer for nine Western states for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. He holds memberships in several professional organizations and has been an instructor at seminars on the National Electrical Code.

FREDFERIC P. Hartwell,master electrician and National Electrical Code
expert, is the senior member of NEC Code Making Panel 9. He is the author of Practical Electrical Wiring and, beginning with the 2008 code cycle, the new editor of McGraw-Hill's American Electricians' Handbook and McGraw-Hill's National Electrical Code Handbook.

He has vast experience as an NEC and state electrical code panel member and trainer in NEC theory and applications, and brings years of experience and practical hints gained as a licensed master electrician, electrical inspector, and former head electrician at a Massachusetts college. He has been responsible for nearly one thousand successful proposals and public comments regarding changes in the Code beginning with the 1987 edition. He continues as a principal member of the NEC Committee, serving on Code Making Panel 9, and is secretary of the Massachusetts Electrical Code Advisory Committee.


Park Publishing, Inc.
Softcover, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 256 pages, 228 illustrations
44th edition, July 15, 2014
ISBN 978-0979294556
Price $14.95

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