07:51PM | 01/20/00
Member Since: 01/20/00
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I'm about to finish framing my basement and start on the wiring. I know I need to drill the holes 1 1/4" in on the 2x4 and have outlet's spaced so you don't need to go more than 6'with the cord.
What I'm not sure of is how many outlets and lights I can have on a 15 or 20amp circuit. Are the boxes required to be a certian distance off the floor and is there any special height off the floor at which I should run the wires through the stud?
Can or should I use 14 ga. wire for the outlets or does it need to be 12 ga?
Is there any specail GFCI rules in basements?
I don't won't want to ask the inspector because the more I asked him when I did my garage the more he was against me doing it myself although he thought the end product was just fine.


02:58PM | 01/21/00
Member Since: 10/24/99
31 lifetime posts
Dear Steve:
Here are some codes from the “1999 National Electrical Code Book”
(1)Spacing. Receptacles shall be installed so that no point along the floor line in any wall space is more than 6 ft (1.83 m), measured horizontally, from an outlet in that space. Receptacle outlets shall, insofar as practicable, be spaced equal distances apart.

(2) Wall Space. As used in this section, a wall space shall include the following:
a. Any space 2 ft (610 mm) or more in width (including space measured around corners) and unbroken along the floor line by doorways, fireplaces, and similar openings
b. The space occupied by fixed panels in exterior walls, excluding sliding panels
c. The space afforded by fixed room dividers such as freestanding bar-type counters or railings

You are required to have at least one GFCI in an unfinished basement but since you are fininishing yours you don’t really need it, but personally.. I would put one in the head of the circuit. Just start your first receptacle at a convenient place, incase you do get a nuciance trip you can reset it with relative ease.

Let see, height of your receptacles. I usually put my hammer down head first and then put the bottom of the box on the base of the hammer, approximately 13 inches and for the wire make sure you bore the hole in your studs at least 12 inches above the box.
I would put these receptacles on a 12/2 RX or a 12/2 MC cable if sheathed electrical cable isn’t permitted in your area, that’s a 20-amp circuit.

I would put your lighting on it’s own 15 amp circuit just figure out the watts ÷ voltage to find out how many light fixtures you can install ( I assume your going to be installing recessed Hihats )

Good luck


07:03PM | 01/26/00
Member Since: 01/20/00
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Thanks for the advice I got on both forums. It appears most people are still using the old forum. Its easier to use.


02:45PM | 01/27/00
Member Since: 10/24/99
31 lifetime posts
But in here Steve we get to weed out the jerks that like to burn crosses.
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