dead end romex

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Old 01-20-11, 01:14 PM
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dead end romex

most houses seem to have a continuous wire run where 1 romex goes into a box and another goes out the other side... is there something wrong with using as many dead ends to outlets and exterior lights as is convenient???
 
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Yeah, lots. Cost comes to mind and then of course, where are each of these individual circuits sourced from.

A house with 40-50 outlets and perhaps a dozen or more ceiling lights all wired individually would require a lot of material and manpower to install. Considering there is no real advantage to wire this way, it doesn't make sense. And that's probably why it's not done.
 
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Generally one-per-circuit is what's convenient, although sometimes a fork is the best option. If you do "star" type wiring in a house, you'll need huge junction boxes at the hubs to make the splices in, which are hard to keep accessible and blend into the home's decor. It also uses less cable to chain box-to-box so it's cheaper to install.
 
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