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Old 11-26-06, 12:52 PM
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hi all, was updating kitchen wiring and found all the gfci and regular outlets are rated 15 amp, 120v. but the wiring is 12 gauge 20 amp with 20 amp breakers.(i ass u med they were all the same) do i need to change the gfci and outlets to 20 amp or is this not a bad broblem. thanks
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Old 11-26-06, 01:34 PM
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In the US, and I assume you are from the US based on your username, 15 amp receptacles are allowed on 20 amp circuits.
 
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Old 11-26-06, 01:40 PM
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this is not a problem, as stated in NEC 210.21(B)(1), 210.21(B)(2) and 210.21 (B)(3), if a 20 amp circuit serves a single recepticle, that recepticle must be rated 20 amps. If the 20 amp circuit serves more than one recepticle, the recepticles may be rated 15 or 20 amps.
 
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A "duplex" recept. as you now have, fits this description.
 
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Old 11-26-06, 01:48 PM
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and yes, they probably are all the same, you can easily tell without removing them. A 15 amp recepticle looks like this:

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in other words, it has a long verticle slot, a short verticle slot, and the D shaped ground.

A 20 amp recepticle looks like this:

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in other words, it has a long verticle slot, a slot shaped like a sideways T and the D shaped ground.
 

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jmchargue,

Your drawing of a 20 amp receptacle is wrong. The long slot is the neutral, and is the slot that is sideways 'T' shaped.
 
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ok, yes, that is correct, the other side should be the t shaped slot. my bad.
 
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thank you all !!!!! i never should have started the kitchen to begin with....(never give a hippe a hammer.....lol) but i am glad i did. dave
 
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