20 versus 15 amp circuit


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Old 03-02-04, 03:21 PM
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20 versus 15 amp circuit

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I am planning on rewiring an older home (the service has already been upgraded). I had intended on running 2 20 amp circuits for the kitchen plugs, but now I'm wondering if it doesn't make sense to use 20 amp for all the plugs? I plan on running the lights and plugs separately anyway.
I know the safe capacity of a 20A is 1920.
What do ya all think?
 
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Old 03-02-04, 03:37 PM
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Since you're doing the whole thing anyway, go with the 20a for receptacles. The price difference is minimal and the extra capacity may come in handy someday.
 
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Old 03-02-04, 04:15 PM
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This is kind of a Ford vs. Chevy question, and everybody's got an opinion. Mine is that you should run no 15-amp circuits at all for anything.
 
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Old 03-02-04, 05:48 PM
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I base my decision on the circuit I am running.

For example, I ran a circuit for my garage door openers. Knowing that I would not be adding to this circuit for any reason. I made it a 15 amp circuit.

When I ran a circuit for my sump pump, I knew that 15 amps was more than enough. however, thinking about future needs, I made it 20 amps. I now have no problem powering the battery charger for my backup pump on the same circuit.

12 gauge wire is harder to work with. But you get used to it.

12 gauge wire means less wires before a box becomes maxed out. But proper planning avoids problems here.
 
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Old 03-03-04, 06:13 AM
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Thanks for all the suggestions/feedback, it gives me much to think about.
 
 

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