Outlets per circuit, etc.?


Old 08-18-04, 04:23 AM
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Outlets per circuit, etc.?

I'm doing the electrical on my room addition and am putting my woodworking shop in the basement. What is the maximum number of 110 v duplex outlets allowed on 15, 20, and 30 amp circuits? Should a sump pump have a dedicated circuit? Should that outlet be GFI?
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Old 08-18-04, 04:35 AM
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There is no limit to the number of recepticles that can be on a 15 or 20 amp circuit. You cannot have 30 amp circuits for general purpose use.

Common sense and an analysis of how you intend to use the circuits shoud dictate the layout. For example, don't put the lights on the same circuit as the recepticles. You don't want to be in the dark if you trip a breaker.

While there is no requirement that a saump pump should be on a separate circuit, many people do that, to avoid an unexpected breaker trip and wet basement. Whether that circuit should be GFCI is often debated. Some say yes , others say no. Mine is not, and it a dedicated circuit.

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