AFCI Needed When Finishing Basement? - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-04-2010, 09:12 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 57
Rewards Points: 75
Default

AFCI needed when finishing basement?


I am finishing the basement in my house. The house was built in 2004, when I believe the NEC required AFCI breakers only in bedrooms. If I am reading 210.12(B) correctly, just about every habitable area (living room, hallways, closets, etc.) are required to have AFCI in the NEC 2008. The basment had two circuits installed when it was built, one to the lights and one to a gfci receptacle. The way I plan to wire the basement is one of those circuits will supply the basement living are, and the other will run to a bathroom in the back.
Does the circuit that will supply the basment receptacles and lighting need to be on a an AFCI (and if reading correctly the bathroom does not, only needs GFCI), if so is there a specific type for this application, or are all the residential afci's pretty much the same?

Specs for the basment circuit are:
20 amp breaker
12 awg romex
9 duplex receptacles
2 seperate lighting ceiling boxes
1 outdoor light beside an exterior backdoor (door not yet installed).

Advertisement

wvphysics is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2010, 09:57 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,497
Rewards Points: 500
Default

AFCI needed when finishing basement?


Ask your local electrical inspector what is required for your area.

In my area, they have amended the NEC to require AFCI's only in the bedroom. They have also changed the requirements for GFCI's.

Local areas can do this, I have no idea what your area requires.

Usually they have certain office hours where you can go and ask questions. They are happy to answer questions. Also ask them if they have local amendments to the NEC, and where you can get this. For my state it is online or you can purchase a book.

Advertisement

Billy_Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2010, 10:14 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

AFCI needed when finishing basement?


Under 2008 they are required almost everywhere

Quote:
(B) Dwelling Units. All 120-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere branch circuits supplying outlets installed in dwelling unit family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sun rooms, recreation rooms, closets, hallways, or similar rooms or areas shall be protected by a listed arc-fault circuit interrupter, combination-type, installed to provide protection of the branch circuit.
As Bob said local codes can vary



Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 06:13 PM   #4
A Dangerous Tinkerer
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Delaware
Posts: 29
Rewards Points: 25
Default

AFCI needed when finishing basement?


Moderater or OP request: please update the title for correct spelling of basement. This did not come up in the initial 'title only' search for AFCI + basement, but did and would have answered my question much more quickly.
mindle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Finishing basement (jackpost question) silky General DIY Discussions 11 04-27-2009 05:26 PM
New drains under the basement floor, guidance needed mason Plumbing 6 01-10-2009 05:58 PM
Finishing a Basement Window Dan OBrien Carpentry 3 01-04-2009 09:56 AM
Finishing old basement force4ormore Building & Construction 1 12-29-2008 03:48 PM
Finishing part of a basement hexydes Remodeling 5 10-09-2007 02:48 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts