Additional Circuit

Old 09-09-02, 06:02 AM
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Additional Circuit

I have a 150 A fuse box with a circuit on each fuse. I need to squeeze in an additional outlet in the kitchen. Is is permissable by code to add a circuit by doubling up at one of the fuses with another wire? Even if it is not code compliant, would this be inherently unsafe?
Old 09-09-02, 07:28 AM
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Many manufacturers have a breaker available which is a basically a two in one breaker. It is not adviseable to double up on a reqular breaker, it is a code violation in most juridictions and can be a big hazzard.
The breakers manufaactured for this is much better. Take a look at your panel and get the name off it call any supplier in the area and ask them about the types of available breakers for your system. If you are unable to install a breaker to handle the extras then I would install a sub panel and start using it for all your new wiring needs.
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I suggest you first determine the number of outlets on each fuse so you can indentify the connected load on each fuse and record this information in table-form. Ex; "Fuse No. 1- furnace"---"Fuse No. 2- 5 receptacle outlets and 3 fixture outlets 2nd. floor."---- For "general-use" 15 AMP circuits ONLY allow 1-1/2 amps per outlet, or 10 receptacle and fixture outlets on a 15 amp fuse. Any 15 amp circuit with an air conditioner or similiar load must remain intact- these are "Specific" loads. You may find 2 or more circuits that can be combined to form one circuit with 10 or less outlets. It's best to combine these circuits in a junction box and not in the fuse box.---Good Luck!!!!

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