All wall plugs connected in one box

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Old 01-18-05, 04:08 PM
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All wall plugs connected in one box

Have an older home have noted that in one side of house all the wall plugs wires come up through walls and connect in a single box. With one lead going to breaker box. Lead to box is 12ga but to plugs is 14ga. Plugs are in 2large bedrooms a total of 10 plugs. 20 amp breaker. This is not good in my mind. Have room to add lead and split circuit Any thoughts would be appreciated thanks
 
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Old 01-18-05, 04:22 PM
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Yep. I'd do it.
 
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Old 01-18-05, 04:49 PM
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Thanks will do Would this be a common thing ? Walls are 1x6 and 8's then wall covering then sheetrockon top. 5 plugs and one lead to box ok? Wireing in wall loose and not anchored. Go to 12ga to plugs needed?
 
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Old 01-18-05, 04:52 PM
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You didn't say how old this "older" house is, but this wiring style probably hasn't been common for the last 60 years or so.
 
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Old 01-18-05, 06:28 PM
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As a minimum you need to install a 15 amp breaker. This will correct the immediate issue of a 20 amp breaker incorrectly being used on 14 gauge wire.

As to correcting the problem of 10 receptacles on a single 15 amp circuit, that is not a problem, unless the breaker is constantly tripping, or you are having to worry about what loads are turned on at the same time.

As far as adding a new circuit, you may find it easier to leave what is in place (correcting the breaker), and simply add a new circuit or two.
 
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Old 01-18-05, 08:16 PM
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Thanks for the info. as conversation. Orig. home built in 1926 added on and remodeled 1949-51. the older part still has 2 single wires with glass insulators and no boxes on lighting fixtures and splices are only wraped with friction tape. looks like a cloth tape. Have not had breaker problems but have been very careful as to what gets plugged in. Changed service panel 2yr ago and have dedicated ckt`s for high load appilances. Working on this as time and money permits. Have lived here for 22yrs Thanks again WP
 
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