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Old 03-20-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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I have a simple electrical wiring question. I am adding outlets in the basement on a new circuit. They will be on a switch. My question is this... after I run wire to the switch first, can I run to two outlets, then go to a junction box and then send wire to the right to three outlets out of the junction box, and to the left out of the junction box to two more outlets? So basically the wire will go to a T-intersection, and then splice off to the right and to the left of a junction box. Will this work or do I need to wire all of the outlets in order one by one?

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Your method of the T is fine.

A side note: receptacles in an unfinished basement require GFI protection. AFCI protection might be required if the area is finished depending on the code cycle. Tamper resistant devices are also called for under certain code cycles.

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Don't forget that the junction box has to remain accessible!
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So basically the wire will go to a T-intersection, and then splice off to the right and to the left of a junction box. Will this work or do I need to wire all of the outlets in order one by one?.
Your plan will work as log as you wire it up correctly. In the diagram below imagine the lites are receptacles.

No ground wires shown for ease of drawing.

Can I ask why you want all the recepts controlled by a switch?? It is possible to only have one or two switch controlled and the other always HOT.
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I just added a loop with 8 receptacles in my basement. If I daisy chained them it would have been a 120 foot run. Instead I used a junction so the longest run was 70 feet. I figured it may help with voltage drop.


Keep in mind that using a junction before an outlet you cannot use one GFI outlet to protect the circuit. If you have an outlet then the junction you can. My junction came first so I used GFI breaker to protect the whole circuit.
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