Wiring Question

Old 06-12-05, 10:15 PM
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I currently have a unfinished basement and i am thinking of adding some receptacles.
I have a 12/2 running into the basement. It is not hooked up in the panel as of yet. The panel has a 20amp circuit open. The main panel is in the garage. I have a few questions.

1. Does it matter if i use 12/2 or should i use 14/2? (Currently have 1000 ft of 12/2 on hand).

2. I have a box of 15a/125v receptacles, or do i need to get 20a receps? (BGDR)

I do not plan to use anything special on the receps. I do not mind using 12/2 just wondering if that would be ok?
Old 06-13-05, 01:13 AM
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There is no reason not to run the 12 and every reason to run it, namely because you have to use 12 or better on a 20A circuit. The 15A recepts are ok though.
Old 06-13-05, 01:51 AM
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If thats 12/2 with a ground wire. ok
Old 06-13-05, 08:35 AM
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two point of note.
In an unfinished basement receptacles must be GFCI protected.
If you are in Canada then you must use 20 amp T slot receptacles on a 20 amp circuit. You could use the 12/2 and a 15 amp breaker and regular receptacles.

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