Shockingly Simple Electrical For Tiny Houses

Shockingly Simple ElectricalI have begun working on the inside of my tiny and one of the big tasks that we had to complete was the electrical for the tiny house.  I knew that many people had a lot of questions about this and I have noticed that almost every single set of plans on the tiny house market either barley mentioned electrical or ignored it all together.

It was with that in mind that we have developed this ebook because we got so many questions.  The book was written with a whole team of folks including tiny home builders, a Master Electrician, and myself.

We show you how to wire a tiny house from start to finish.  We made it so someone who doesn’t have any knowledge or experience can go from novice to wiring their whole house.


Electrical Set up
Topics covered:
  • Basic electrical concepts
  • how to size and plan your system
  • How to wire switches, panels, lights, & more
  • Key electrical codes and safety
  • Wiring for on the grid and off the grid setups
  • Custom diagrams for each step
  • How to choose wire, breakers, & boxes
  • Solar panels, inverters, etc
  • Wind turbines and micro hydro power
  • Much more!

 

This is an electronic book (not print) of 80 pages of core content including real life tiny house wiring examples, plus 55 pages of reference materials.

$20

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27 Comments
  1. I’m wondering how relevant this book would be for Australia seeing we have different voltage and electrical codes.

    • Hard to say, while the principals of electricity are universal, codes and materials might vary.

      • Ian,
        I wonder too! I am an electrician and although Ryan is correct about principals being universal. I would imagine it would vary quite substantially being you do not 120/240 volt systems, isn’t that correct? I have never traveled abroad (outside of U.S.) but have heard there is only 240 volt systems.hmmm, well I am not paying $20.00 for curiosity sake but I would most defiantly
        do a little prior research first,Good luck with your project! Cheers,
        Kammy
        P.S. Perhaps Since it is an e-book Ryan you can add an appendix relating to systems wired for 240 volt systems as if it were ran off a solar,wind,battery what variables would be applicable.

        • Hey Kammy,

          All good points. It’s tough to cover all our bases in terms of being informed on other countries. We are currently read in 190 countries! So we focused on our US audience because its our largest and in the future we’ll look into expanding the ebook.

    • Ian,
      I wonder too! I am an electrician and although Ryan is correct about principals being universal. I would imagine it would vary quite substantially being you do not 120/240 volt systems, isn’t that correct? I have never traveled abroad (outside of U.S.) but have heard there is only 240 volt systems.hmmm, well I am not paying $20.00 for curiosity sake but I would most defiantly
      do a little prior research first,Good luck with your project! Cheers,
      Kammy

  2. This is perfect timing for me. It’s my next step!

    • Yeah! Most of my ideas for these ebooks come from me having to figure out how to do some of the key parts, electrical was one of those areas that there just wasn’t much out there on.

  3. Perfect for me too! Electrical is coming up on my list as well!

  4. Perfect for me too! That’s coming up on my list!

  5. So glad to know this resource will be available when I get to that stage. Right now, reading, researching, talking, planning.

  6. Does this book cover wiring for power coming from solar panels? Will it tell me how to set up the batteries and use dc lighting and power, or do I need to use a converter to get 110/220 AC power? I’m considering recycling motorhome appliances. (Don’t think I need 220 power.)

    • It touches on it, but not in depth FOR THE MOMENT. I plan to do an update on this ebook to include that very aspect. I hope to make the transition to solar soon. I have some 12v dc lighting in my house using converters.

      • Hi, did you get the update info for this book? Do you have the solar power hookup info in here?

        Thanks!

        Dulcia

  7. Hello Ryan,

    I specialize in solar. I have been in the industry for about a decade now. You can contact me and we will chat. Please check out my website too. SolarUnplugged.com is actually designed for small scale, portable off-grid solar systems.

    Sincerely,
    Paul

  8. Here’s another vote for adding a solar dc system to the eBook. I would be willing to pay for a consultation to have a system designed to meet my needs.

  9. Hey the one thing I feel I need answered that the book didn’t cover, is how to wire for RV hookups. I want to set my system up to be able to plug into utilities, RV hook ups, and eventually solar. I feel like the other two were answered and I know RV systems probably aren’t much more complicated, but a quick explanation would be great!

  10. Stoked to read this! I purchased this back in December in order to read it later, but for some reason, I can’t find the link in my email. However, I have the transaction in my Paypal statement! :/

  11. In reference to the DC power, solar power, and RV hookup questions (all of which I’d be interested in as well), will the update you say is up-and-coming (and hopefully will include info about all that) be a free update for those who purchase the original ebook, or will there be an extra charge?

  12. Another vote for more information on DC / solar possibilities for tiny homes!! I am currently building my tiny house and have decided to install a separate DC system for my fans and lights, and an AC system for my appliances. It’s been complicated to know how to wire this. Can I use a 12 gage wire or will this end up causing problems? 10 gage wire is certainly more expensive, and requires a whole separate wiring system. I personally want to run my DC on solar and NOT convert it because the conversion process creates the dirtiest electricity (meaning much higher EMF’s). So, I am searching all over trying to get the information I need – the sooner you update your book the better!!

  13. Does this book include info on connecting converters, invertors, and batteries?

  14. Building a tiny house now and purchased this e-book with hope that there would be info on 12 volt to 120 volt connection and how to do it.

    We want to be able to plug in to a 120 volt RV hookup, or house extension cord and run 12 volt lights, furnace (12v and propane), fridge (12v and propane), water heater (12v and propane) as well as some isolated 120 volt outlets.

    I am still in limbo how to do this. Anyone have ideas or sources to teach me and an experienced electrician?

  15. Looking for information on how to set up a DC solar/wind system. Does this book cover wiring an off-grid DC system? Was the update done to include this info? If anyone else has found a good instructional book for this could you share what the title and author are?
    Thanks!

  16. I purchased this book a year ago and I just started reading it. Does it cover the placement (location requirements and restrictions) of the circuit breaker box (i.e., sub-panel) in a tiny home? For example, it seems (Googling) the breaker panel cannot be located in the bathroom or the clearance requirement in front of it or having it in a closet. Did I miss it or is it missing such a basic information?

    • It could be that the book was written before those rules applied? Not sure at all just guessing at that, but very glad you mentioned it here as I was considering putting breaker panel in the bathroom and now will now. I also wanted to buy this book.. I am sure it does cover the basics and much more fairly well and still may purchase. As I am freaking out trying to figure out this on my own. Calling around for electricians the range of pricing has been so extreme, from one end of pricing to the other. Many do not listen to what I am trying to accomplish or even understand. To that end, most have never heard of tiny house appliances that I mention. ie.. washer dryer combos, or things tiny houses tend to lean toward and assume I would want full size appliances. One cant figure out how to 220v for any appliance, given the 50 amp plug.. or why I would even want a plug on my house.. needless to say just finding an electrician who wants to tackle the project, knows and understands what I am doing, and charges a reasonable amount.. (have had quotes from 500 to 8000 yes, eight thousand dollars) for electric rough in, wiring to box, and set up only (no solar hook ups even.. argh). So hoping this book might give some insight that might help with a discussion with them if it is something I can’t do.

  17. Ok.. I just bought the book off Ryan’s website, and I am on page ten, and already understand more than I have in 4 months of googling and watching youtube videos about how electricity works. Grateful to not feel like the kid in the back of the class who just doesn’t get quite as much as the other kids… I will keep reading…

    thank you

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