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brain 06-10-2007 07:17 PM

contractor messing up?????
hey got a quick question.. I have a contractor renovating my house but i believe he is messing up on the wiring. I went to vo-tech school for electrical but that was ten years ago and i am not an electrician..

It looks to me as if he is feeding on one breaker, my recessed lights in kitchen, a kitchen light over table, my powder room which is one light/vent combo and one receptical, plus my over the stove microwave/exhaust hood, plus the refrigerator, then five other outlets..
That seems like a huge load for one 20 amp circuit.. I also thought the frig had to be on its own circuit?? i have a feeling if the microwave is running the frig kicks on and i turn on the light in the powder room i may be left in the dark!!!!! I believe this contractor needs an updated version of the NEC

JohnJ0906 06-10-2007 07:24 PM

Too much.
Microwave should be on its own circuit. (Not code required, but a good idea)
Bath recepticle required to be on a 20 amp circuit, and only other bath outlets can be with it, OR the circuit is dedicated to 1 bath only, in which case the light of that bath can be on with it.
Fridge can either be a 15 amp dedicated, or on with the 20 amp kitchen receps, IN NO CASE can it be on with lights.
Where exactly are the 5 other outlets?
WAY WAY too much for this circuit.

JohnJ0906 06-10-2007 07:25 PM

Is this contractor doing the electrical himself? Is he licenced and insured to do so? If not, can he do so legally in your area?

brain 06-10-2007 07:27 PM

contractor messing up
Hey john
thanks for the response. the other outlets will be between cabinets and counter tops.

brain 06-10-2007 07:31 PM

contractor messing up
in my area the home owner can take out the permit and do the work himself.. In my case the contractor is supposed to be helping me with the layout and i am doing the work but i think i know more then he does

JohnJ0906 06-10-2007 07:36 PM

This is how I personally would do it-
(2) 20 amp circuits for countertop receps. I would put the fridge on one of them.
(1) 20 amp circuit for the micro.
(1) 20 amp circuit for the powder room recep.
(1) 15 amp circuit for lights.
If there are any receptacles that are not in the kitchen or dining room, I would put them with the light if only 1 or 2. If more, another circuit.

This may seem like overkill, but it isn't, really. Renovations take a number of new circuits to be code compliant.

brain 06-10-2007 07:44 PM

contractor messing up
should the dishwasher be on its own circuit or could it go with the receps. And what amperage should the breaker be for the stove its electric

JohnJ0906 06-10-2007 07:46 PM

Dishwasher - own circuit, 15 or 20, check the nameplate or instructions.
Electric range, 40 or 50 amp. 4 conductor cable. # 8 if 40, #6 for 50.(Copper conductors) (50 would be my choice)

brain 06-10-2007 08:01 PM

contractor messing up
hey John i really appreciate your help with this.. Thank you

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