Almost a decade ago I used the previous edition of this book to get me started. I also give a copy to all my friends when they purchase their first house. It covers just about everything, including many wiring jobs.
The home depot Electrical 123 Book works fairly well but a better one was loaned to me by a friend. The better one was part of a series published by the handyman club of america, but I havn't gotten around to seeing if its still in print or how you go about purchasing a copy. Its nice because it goes into a lot of detail on areas that the home depot book just glosses over. This came in handy when I had to do some sub-pannel work.
They're both pretty basic, but they have a lot of pictures which was really helpful since I had never done even the slightest bit of electrical or framing in my life. I also happen to be the type of person to whom a picture really is worth a thousand words.
When it came to the subpanel and other more involved electrical I turned to another book, however: Yellow Pages
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