Electrical code question


Old 01-06-05, 05:59 PM
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Question Electrical code question

Hey friends

Excuse my ignorance,but where may i find the electrical code for what we want to do? Are the codes per township or per state or per country?

The question is how many outlets (recess lights-about 65 watts each and receptacles) are allowed in one curcuit per code for 14 gauge wire

Also, what is the spacing requirement bewteen receptacles? And do we need one within 3 ft of each corner?

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Old 01-06-05, 06:58 PM
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Call your local inspection department. They are usually glad to answer questions. Usually it is the town. If it is not them I'm sure they can tell you who to call.
Old 01-06-05, 07:15 PM
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In Canada it's 80% of the circut or 12 lights or plugs or any combo up to 12. I think it's 4 feet. But ya...to be sure...check with your city/town.
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Most cities use the National Electrical Code without modification. The NEC is issued every three years, and cities don't necessarily adopt it as soon as it's issued, so you'd have to ask your building department what version they are currently using. The version in effect on the day the permit is pulled applies.

Some cities have addendums to the NEC, and will usually provide you a copy on request.

A few big cities don't use the NEC at all but issue their own codes.

The NEC is available in the reference section of most public libraries, but it is not a good book for a beginner. Beginners are better off with one of the many home wiring books available in home centers and libraries.

Of course, all of the above only applies if you are in the U.S.

For homes, the NEC does not specify a maximum of outlets on a circuit. Some cities do have such a limit in their addendums. The general rule of thumb is 8 on a 15-amp circuit and 10 on a 20-amp circuit. A few cities mandate this rule of thumb.

Spacing requirements for receptacles depend on the room. But let's talk about a ordinary family room. You need a receptacle within 6 feet of either side of a door, and no more than every 12 feet thereafter. These distances are measured around corners as if they weren't there. The location of a receptacle relative to a corner is irrelevant. The requirements are different for bathrooms, laundry rooms, closets, garages, unfinished basements, and kitchens.

Alhough not required in most rooms, most of us prefer to keep receptacles and lighting on separate circuits. This avoids that annoying lighting dimming when you run the vacuum cleaner.
Old 01-07-05, 08:04 AM
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If you are in the US here is a good place to start:http://www.selfhelpandmore.com/homew...dwel/index.htm

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