I am looking around for a useful book that I can try and start learning how to do simple wiring task like hook up fluorescent shop lights without plugs and such. I don't have a very good idea of what book might be useful for this. Recommendations would be appreciated, as there seem to be quite a few books out there.
With that in mind, despite doing a bit of wiring for instrumentation that is atmospheric science related, I am completely unfamiliar with how this sort of thing goes for domestic wiring. Up to this point I used either fixtures with plugs or the sun (works pretty well) but I may put together a stand in the near future and it would be helpful to know how to do that. So, the book would have to be for a real beginner.
As a tack on question, is it always necessary to open up a wall/outlet in order to do this sort of wiring? Being that I am an apartment dweller, that is not an option, and I have been curious if there are other ways to set up this sort of undertaking.