07:43AM | 05/18/04
Member Since: 05/16/04
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I am remodeling my kitchen which involves adding an island and moving walls and countertops. I have a few questions to make certain all meets code.

- How many counter outlets can be run from each breaker?

- My panel has 20A breakers and 12-2. Do I need to use 20A outlets?

- I plan to add GFCI outlets and chain remaining from them. Do I need 20A GFCI?

- Can I run my under cabinet lighting from the outlet circuits?

Thanks for the advise...

Tom O

12:01PM | 05/18/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
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Receptacles- as many as you want provided that they are served by a minimum of two 20 amp small appliance circuits.

20 amp outlets- not required

20 amp GFI- not required

Undercabinet lights cannot be placed on a small appliance circuit. You'll need to get power elsewhere.



09:25PM | 05/19/04
Member Since: 05/19/04
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Normally you can install up to six outlets on one circuit breaker.

You do not need to install 20 amp outlets, but i would recommend using them on account that you will probably be plugging in small appliances that will pull large currents.

A GFCI may be required by some codes in kitchens and I would recommend a 20 amp connected in series to protect the other outlets in the kitchen, EXCEPT the refrigerator, put the refrigerator on its own independent circuit.

The NEC says lights and appliance circuits must be on separate circuits.

Tom O

03:37PM | 05/20/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
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Is the 6 outlet limit a local code issue where you live? If 6 is the limit, the electrical distributors must be very happy selling all those extra breakers & panelboards to put them in.

According to the NEC, there is no limit to the number of receptacles on a circuit in a dwelling.



09:54AM | 05/21/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
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Using 20 amp receptacles serves no purpose unless you have a 20 amp device. Use good quality 15 amp receptacles.


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