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smudge 01-23-2008 08:53 AM

Add on circuit to a required gfi
I am wiring a kitchen. Is it ok to add additional non-kitchen outlets (say an ajacent bedroom) outlets and lighting circuits to the 20A kitchen circuit before the gfi?

arichard21 01-23-2008 09:04 AM

The small appliance countertop circuits MUST only feed outlets on the countertop. If you have ANOTHER circuit that DOESN'T feed counter outlets or anything that requires them to be dedicated like fridge, micro/hood, dishwasher, disposal, etc. If you have another general circuit feeding the kitchen that DOESN NOT supply to any of the ccts listed above, then yes you can tap off them.

Piedmont 01-24-2008 08:04 AM

ARichard has it right. Kitchens need two 20A dedicated circuits for outlets (and be GFCI protected), and since they're dedicated you can't tie into them anywhere (even before the kitchen) and only to be used for the kitchen outlets. So, not even lighting in the kitchen can be put on the kitchen outlet circuits.

Normally, kitchen lighting is usually tied into its own circuit or a lightly used one since there's usually a lot of lights. If you do a search on here about Kitchens you'll come up with previous posts we talked about which circuits have to be dedicated in a kitchen.

HouseHelper 01-24-2008 09:36 AM

The small appliance circuits can serve the kitchen, pantry, breakfast room, and/or dining room. They are not confined to just the countertop.

smudge 01-24-2008 10:37 AM

Thanks, here's another one.

I have a problem with drilling lots of holes in 80 year old 2x8 joists. Instead of running through the joists in the basement can I route circuits into the furnace room(parallel to the joists) above the ceiling, and then down across the joists to the new panel. I plan on keeping them close to a beam and then covering them with a plywood raceway. Any code problems with this?

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