Home improvement books recalled because of bad wiring instructions.Â Several home improvement books have been recalled, leaving many DIY-ers out in the cold.Â The books that have been recalled gave faulty wiring instructions, which is very dangerous and can cause fires in a home.Â Â According to Mercury News, about 951,000 books have been recalled.
This means there are a potential of around a million people that have undertaken do-it-yourself projects and done them incorrectly.
These aren’t new home improvement books either! Some of them date back to 1975, and there are six popular titles.
Reports indicate that these titles Â “contain errors in the technical diagrams and wiring instructions that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring.”
Which titles are affected by the recall?
Sunset Basic Home Repairs
Sunset Complete Home Wiring
Sunset Complete Patio Book
Two books sold under Lowe’s name
One book under AmeriSpec name
Concerned consumers can call 1-866-696-7602
What can we learn from the home improvement book recall? First, if you are going to do anything electrical it is best to have a professional help you out.Â It’s not worth the headache to make a mistake.Â Electrical work is one of those things that can kill you or destroy your home, so don’t even mess with it.
Electrical codes change from time to time, and many home insurance policies require homeowners to have their home up to code for coverage.Â If you do a major electrical repair yourself and you don’t know what you are doing, you could end up losing your home and insurance could deny your coverage. Check with your agent for more details.
If you have one of the titles listed in the home imprvement book recall, call the toll-free number listed above for your options.