Stupid question - wire gauge

Old 10-25-03, 07:16 PM
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Question Stupid question - wire gauge

Very soon I'll be rewiring my entire house - knocking holes in the walls and all.

Huge project - major pain in the rear. I'm thinking I should pull 12 AWG wire even for the 15 amp circuits. This way I can upgrade in the future with the swapping of a breaker. Any reason to pull the 14 guage stuff at all?

Old 10-25-03, 07:42 PM
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The only time I use 14 is for dedicated lighting circuits. Actually I almost never mix lights and recepts in a house. If its in a house that I wired and its a 15 its lights. I like it because its nice to hook all those little fixture wires to and find it easier to work overhead with.
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Going with all 12 is good. Buy large boxes and plan the routing carefully so you don't need to put more than three cables in a box.
Old 10-26-03, 07:54 AM
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If your going to go with #12 go ahead and put it on a 20a breaker. That way you already have the capacity and no upgrading is needed.

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