15amp Outlet on 20amp circuit

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Old 04-01-05, 10:48 PM
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15amp Outlet on 20amp circuit

I was wondering if it is ok to wire a 15 amp outlet on a 20 amp circuit. I was also wondering if it is ok to wire the opposite way, a 20 amp outlet on a 15 amp circuit. Thank you for any advice.
 
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Old 04-02-05, 04:15 AM
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If you are in the US you can put a 15 amp receptacle on a 20 amp circuit provided that it is not the only receptacle on the circuit. You cannot do this in Canada.

You cannot put a 20 amp receptacle on a 15 amp circuit.
 
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Old 04-02-05, 07:52 AM
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Ok, thank you for your help... much appreciated
 
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Old 04-04-05, 08:36 AM
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Bob,
Would a duplex be considered a single outlet? I.E. is a 15 amp duplex on a dedicated 20 amp breakered run OK?
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A duplex is not a single receptacle, it is two receptacles. A 15 amp duplex receptacle on a 20 amp circuit is allowed (in the US).
 
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Originally Posted by Beeek
Bob,
Would a duplex be considered a single outlet? I.E. is a 15 amp duplex on a dedicated 20 amp breakered run OK?
Thanx,
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A duplex is not a single outlet. It has more than one device connected to its mounting strap. A single outlet is just that. Only one device attached to its mounting strap.

You can put a 15 amp duplex receptacle on a 20 amp circuit. You cannot put a single 15 amp receptacle on a 20 amp circuit.
 
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Old 04-05-05, 03:06 PM
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A 15A receptacle cannot be installed on a 20A circuit. A 20A receptacle (duplex or single) can be put on a 15A circuit, however.
 
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Old 04-05-05, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by dhop
A 15A receptacle cannot be installed on a 20A circuit. A 20A receptacle (duplex or single) can be put on a 15A circuit, however.
This is wrong on both counts.
 
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