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TonyD 11-13-2006 08:24 PM

Double receptacle circuit
I am presently remodeling a kitchen and installing outlets. Should the counter outlets just be wired in series on a15 amp breaker or hook them up as double receptacle small appliance circuits.


Speedy Petey 11-13-2006 08:56 PM

First off define "double receptacles". To me this is a standard duplex.

Second, are you in the US or Canada? In the US kitchen receptacles MUST be on 20 amp circuits. In Canada it was 15 amp but I believe they are changing to 20s, I'm not sure.

In the US you need two 20 amp small appliance circuits minimum. This includes the refer.
Typically this is not enough to cover the needs of the average kitchen.

mdshunk 11-13-2006 09:10 PM

Just for referece, and it is "above code", the modern kitchen contains at least 7, 120 volt circuits:
1- refrigerator
2 - small appliance kitchen countertop
1 microwave or micro/hood
1 garbage disposal
1 dishwasher
1 refrigerator

This is the "minimal" kitchen, according to my company standards.

I've wired kitchens that have had as many as 18, 120 volt circuits.

Speedy Petey 11-13-2006 09:53 PM

Reminds me of a Python sketch.

Rule Five, No Pooftahs!
Rule Six, there is NO.... Rule Six.
Rule Seven, No Pooftahs!!

TonyD 11-14-2006 07:00 AM

Sorry I should have been more specific. Im in US...

This is how I was going to wire it up. All wire is 12/2. Microwave on it's own breaker. 5 countertop outlets which I was going to put on 2 breakers. DW & Disposal together on 1 breaker and Refrig on 1 breaker. Should I just make them all 20 amp. The recpetacles, do I need 20 amp ones.

What I meant with Dbl receptacle is if I have 2 Counter outlets on the same circuit should I wire them both with GFIc's for single location protection or have just one to control both receptacles.



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