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Old 09-08-11, 09:33 AM
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120v hardwired interconnected smoke detectors, pennsylvania code question

Anyone know if hardwired 120v interconnected smoke detectors are required in pennsylvania when doing a remodel?

What about AFCI breakers? Are they required and if so in what rooms?

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Old 09-08-11, 09:40 AM
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Hardwired smokes are required and afci's are required in every living space except the kitchen and bathrooms which require gfi.
 
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Old 09-08-11, 09:56 AM
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Thanks for the reply!


Anyone know where the cheapest place is to get AFCI breakers. I going to be using a Square D QO 200amp panel, probably have to go with a 40 space panel as I'm now finding more and more circuits I need to add and seperate. $35-$40 for these AFCI breakers is crazy. Lowes wants $36.

No one makes a AFCI receptacle like they do for GFCI?
 
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Since AFCI circuit breakers also protect the wiring in the walls an AFCI receptacle would not be practical.
 
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Old 09-08-11, 10:13 AM
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Thanks for the reply!


Anyone know where the cheapest place is to get AFCI breakers. I going to be using a Square D QO 200amp panel, probably have to go with a 40 space panel as I'm now finding more and more circuits I need to add and seperate. $35-$40 for these AFCI breakers is crazy. Lowes wants $36.

No one makes a AFCI receptacle like they do for GFCI?
I would go around checking supply houses, but $36 sounds pretty good. They run around $41 around here for the QO with GE breakers being $35. Receptacles arent available yet.
 
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Old 09-08-11, 10:18 AM
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Since AFCI circuit breakers also protect the wiring in the walls an AFCI receptacle would not be practical.
Thats true, I didn't think of that.
 
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Originally Posted by drummin89 View Post
Anyone know where the cheapest place is to get AFCI breakers.
They aren't cheap anywhere. The prices you list are typical market price.

No one makes a AFCI receptacle like they do for GFCI?
No, AFCI technology is breaker only.

To clarify what Justin said, AFCI breakers are needed for 15A and 20A 120V circuits that supply receptacles, lights and smoke detectors in habitable rooms. They are not required for circuits in the kitchen, bath, laundry, garage, unfinished areas, outside, built-in appliances, HVAC, etc. Any 240V circuits do not require AFCI, however multiwire branch circuits (shared neutral) do require double-pole AFCI breakers if you home happens to have any of those.
 
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AFAIK there is only one brand that has a two pole AFCI. Check before you start to run any multiwire branch circuits.
 
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Eaton makes them in both BR and CH series and Siemens (recently) makes them in the Q series. I don't know about GE or Schneider.
 
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