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One breaker controlling multiple receptacles after electrician did work


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Old 07-25-18, 03:17 AM
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One breaker controlling multiple receptacles after electrician did work

Hope someone can tell me what might be going on. We did a Reno a last year and I just noticed that a GFI breaker that we always had is now also controlling power to multiple receptacles that did not use to be on this breaker.

Is it possible that the sparky just connected the wrong wires into the panel? I have to have the back in, but hoping it is an easy fix.
 
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Almost never is there just one outlet on a circuit breaker. Most often there are multiple outlets and/or lights run off a breaker.
 
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Old 07-25-18, 05:26 AM
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Did the breaker originally control a bathroom receptacle?
 
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Yes used it used to run the bathroom and outdoor receptacle. Now it runs 5 additional plugs
 
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Since it's on a GFI breaker..... it would have to be a deliberate connection as both hot and neutral must go to the breaker. Either he ran a circuit to the panel and found no extra spaces or he connected the new receptacles somewhere near the bathroom.
 
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Normally a breaker can serve multiple receptacles as described above. But properly (to meet current codes) bathroom receptacles must have their own 20 amp circuit with ground fault circuit interrupter protection. Either the circuit serves receptalces and other things (light, fan) in just one bathroom or serves receptacles only in one or more bathrooms.

If a separate cable from the other receptacles came in and was tied to the bathroom GFCI breaker as a subcircuit that cable may be unhooked and attached to a different breaker, quite simple. If a subcircuit with the other receptacles was hooked up to the bathroom circuit somewhere up in the house, a new ca le would ha e to e run down to the panel where that subcircuit was unhooked.
 
 

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