WARNING: The advice given on this web site is NOT a substitute to having a trained, licensed, bonded, and insured PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICIAN work on your home’s electrical wiring. Homes and buildings do burn down and people do get injured or killed as a result of faulty wiring and bad installations.
It is NOT recommended that a non-professional without assistance, training, experience, credentials, proper tools and safety equipment, or oversight attempt to wire his or her own home, or a home or building that belongs to someone else.
This web site was created to assist those who are willing to take the time to learn correct electrical wiring installation techniques and are also willing to assume a great deal of risk.
If you are serious about learning correct wiring methods a good place to start is reading the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) published by the National Fire Protection Association. Abbreviated Electrical Code pocket books are available for those planning to do a limited amount of electrical work.
There are many electrical instruction books available online and in home improvement and hardware stores. I have not read them all and I cannot make any recommendations at this time. However one thing that I noticed from the books I have previewed is the people who wrote them are authors and writers, not full time electricians.
You should also study up on construction safety. Even if you are experienced with wiring it is still possible to get injured or killed in the course of doing electrical work or any other type of home improvement.
I have a few posts pertaining to safety, but they are not everything that you need to know. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has their own set of construction regulations which all employers are required to abide by. Read 29 CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations.