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The CPSC this week announced the recall of almost one million home improvement books published between February 1975 and the present, including some you might find currently in Lowe’s. The problem: erroneous technical diagrams and wiring instructions “could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock or fire hazard to consumers.”

The recalled titles all come from publisher Oxmoor House of Birmington, Alabama, and include: the AmeriSpec Home Repair Handbook, Lowe’s Complete Home Improvement and Repair, Lowe’s Complete Home Wiring, Sunset Basic Home Repairs, Sunset Complete Home Wiring, Sunset Complete Patio Book, Sunset Home Repair Handbook, Sunset Water Gardens, and Sunset You Can Build — Wiring.

If you own one of these books, give Oxmoor House a call at (866) 696-7602 for a full refund. And if you own the one published in 1975 and you’ve yet to use it for a single project, well — now you have an out.

Book Recall [CPSC]


8 Responses to Almost One Million Home Improvement Books Recalled

  1. russ says:

    1975 – That’s the year the CPSC started.

  2. Chris W says:

    35 years! Why the big rush?

  3. blitzcat says:

    I’ve seen this covered a lot, but no one has the actual details. I want to see the incorrect drawings.

  4. Tino says:

    I have one of the books and it’s actually a pretty interesting read.

    I’d really like to know what spurred the recall….say the book was used for reference, how is one supposed to know if any work that was previously done is actually wrong?

  5. Pezdad says:

    THANKS, CPSC – you have told a million people that “something” in the book is wrong – but refuse to say WHAT is wrong so that the people could correct the problem if they ever used those wiring diagrams! These people are MORONS – the CPSC website doesn’t say what the issue is, but they do say “CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product” (hey CPSC – if you don’t tell us what the “hazard” is, how can we report a “different hazzard”?). Good thing we have the feds an CPSC to “protect” us.

    Nothing on the publisher’s website either – and the news reports show that even the Lowes’ employees are being purposefully kept in the dark:

    “Neither the Consumer Product Safety Commission nor Time would say precisely which wiring project, diagram or set of instructions is at issue. …
    Lowe’s employee Daniel Lanier, an electrical pro at the store, said all the books were removed from the shelves this week and shipped back to the vendor after the store received a “quality control alert.”
    In the store Friday, he tried futilely to find out from his supervisors what information was incorrect in the books, but was told that information was not included in the alert. “

  6. Bill Clay says:

    Here is the error (from another blog). On p.188 the GFCI is wired incorrectly.


  7. Jeff says:

    Bill Clay’s link is to a different recall involving Taunton Press books a year or so ago. This is a different recall, involving different books. And it’s just plain pathetic that the CPSC and publisher won’t come clean about the specific error or errors.

  8. russ says:

    To get the information I believe one may have to file with the Freedom of Information Act. On the CPSC website you will see a tab named Library-FOIA where you see investigative reports, etc. about recalls.

    If you want some good reading see the Bad Drywall incident reports about those Florida Homes, actually it involves 32 states. It’s very interesting reading and the investigation is still not complete according to other documents as recent as November of last year. One homeowner found a medium grey color sheetrock in his house that was not made in China. There are even letters from companies fighting FOIA requests.

    Below is the link for that. There are hundreds of pages to keep somebody busy.


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