Re: DIY home wiring, bad idea?
+1 for the suggestion to get the book Wiring Simplified.
Circuit theory isn't all that difficult, and since you're an EE it should be easy. Where most DIYers get into trouble is when it comes to "safe and workman-like installation."
Probably the two most prevalent problems that inspectors find in homeowner-installed wiring is lack of proper materials and poor installation of junction boxes (too many wires, lack of a cover, lack of strain relief, or lack of a box). Third is improper grounding. Get these right and you're most of the way there.
Make your installation well-thought-out, neat, and tidy. Straight wires impress inspectors. Make sure wires are sufficiently protected from damage. Remember, the NEC is all about human life-safety and fire prevention.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.