UNDERSTAND, MAINTAIN, AND IMPROVE THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS IN YOUR HOME AND AUTO
If you've ever felt lost when choosing a home entertainment system, wondered how to test an electrical outlet to see if it's grounded, or puzzled over how to make the Wi-Fi in the front room reach the back—then this book is for you! Making Everyday Electronics Work: A Do-It-Yourself Guide explains how electricity works and shows you how to take care of the electronics and electrical systems around your house.
Save time and money by doing your own electrical diagnostics with help from this practical resource! Learn how to measure electrical current strength, test for electromagnetic interference, and trace failures in circuits. Save power and even replace your current power source with alternative forms of energy. And don't let a tangle of cables and an alphabet-soup of electronics terms keep you from installing a new entertainment system. You'll learn all the practical information you need to know in this easy-to-understand book!
Learn the basics of electronics--DC/AC, batteries, power supplies, electromagnetics, semiconductors, digital logic, taking electrical measurements, and more
Assemble a practical workbench and acquire essential tools for DIY testing and repairs
Manage your breaker or fuse box, circuits, and outlets
Explore alternative electricity sources such as generators, fuel cells, and solar, wind, and hydro power
Learn how your car or truck's electrical system works
Successfully set up a hi-fi stereo, TV, or home theater system
Resolve problems with interference among wireless devices
Table of contents
Introduction 1. Let's Start with the Basics 2. Tools of Your Trade 3. What Goes Where 4. Untangling the Cables 5. The Wireless Jungle 6. Alternative Electricity 7. Electronics in Your Vehicle 8. What Else Can You Do Glossary Suggested Additional Reading Index
Stan Gibilisco has authored or coauthored more than 50 books on physics, electronics, mathematics, and computing. He began his career as a radio-frequency design engineer, a technical writer, a magazine editor, and a wireless broadcast technician. The American Library Association named Stan’s McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing as one of the “Best References of 1996.” In addition to authoring several books in McGraw-Hill Professional’s Demystified series of home study guides, he has also written three books in the Know-It-All series for students who enjoy mathematics.