Adding new outlets to existing home.

Old 02-12-02, 11:32 AM
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I wish to add extra outlets in living room of home built in the late 40s. Also new GFCI (?) outlets on porch adjoining L/R wall. Question: How many outlets may be on a circuit and may the GFCI outlets be on the same circuits as the regular outlets or should a circuit be dedicated to them? These questions are probably very basic but....... sure could use your help!!
Old 02-12-02, 12:40 PM
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In a residence in the U.S., there is no limit as to the number of receptacles on a circuit. However, you'll want to add up the expected loads to have some assurance that the breaker won't be tripping all the time. Rule of thumb suggests no more than about eight receptacles on a circuit. It all depends no how many of the receptacles you think might be in use at the same time. In the absense of specific preplanned usage for these receptacles, if you stick with 8 you'll probably be just fine.

Yes, GFCI's may be on the same circuit as regular receptacles.

Before starting this project, visit your local public library or home improvement center and pick up a book or two on home wiring.
Old 02-14-02, 08:35 PM
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Thanks, John!!

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