Oxmoor House Book Recall – Home Improvement Books

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Safety

Home Improvement Book Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of nine books published by Oxmoor House that deal with home improvement projects and faulty wiring diagrams. The faulty wiring diagrams can lead to shock and fire hazards. For specific information on the recall click here. The recall recommends that you immediately stop using these books.

The list of books includes the following:

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Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  1. Steve Black says:

    “Since 1 January 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits, a format that is compatible with Bookland EAN-13s.” quote from Wikipedia. Prior to this a 10-digit ISBN was used. The list of ISBN’s in the recall notice is very suspicious, since many of the books were published prior to 2007. Shouldn’t there be 10-digit ISBN listed too? If so, the list is deceptive and misleading. I have a copy of “Lowes Complete Home Improvement and Repair” which was published in March 2000, ISBN 0-376-01098-3. Am I supposed to believe that the error was in the book published in 1999, but not in the March 2000 issue, yet the error appears again in the 2005 publication? It’s far more believable that the recall list is designed to minimize the recall rather than protect consumers.

    • Todd says:

      @ Steve – I’m not really sure….I’m just passing on the information that I was able to get from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. I recommend you call the number listed at that link.

  2. Luke Spencer says:

    Glad I don’t have any of these in my collecction. I have the Home Depot counterpart and was dreading the list…

  3. Paul says:

    Wow! That is amazing! Electricity is not for novices, that is for sure.

  4. Deborah says:

    Thanks for the heads up. I’ll have to check our books out. Not sure if we have any of these.

  5. LillyC says:

    I have the Lowes book 978-0-376-00922, but the last digit is -5 instead of -7. My understanding is that this is the “check digit” so don’t understand why the number doesn’t match. Should I register it anyway?

  6. LillyC says:

    All: Thought I would update you, I called and found out that the last number listed would have changed when they reformatted from 10 to 13-digit ISBN numbers. So my book ending in -5 instead of -7 WAS part of the recall.

  7. Lynette Snodgrass says:

    Just thought people would like to know that I have been trying to collect a check from Oxmoor House for almost a year, for 3 books returned to them by me because of the recall. Each time I call the representative says that they will escalate my request and they don’t know why I haven’t received a check. My request for a check has been escalated 7 times. I also emailed and called and a complaint to the US Consumer Product Safety site that issued Oxmoor House to recall these books. The money is no longer the issue, I want to know if anyone has received a refund????

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