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Old 04-20-2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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Hello,

Looking for some guidance/recommendations on electrical loading of my finished basement project.

Here's my situation. I only have 7 empty slots in my circuit panel and here's my notional allocation: Note: I've done the load calculations and are within the 80% load requirement.

1) Stove Dedicated - 50A
2) Ceiling Lights - 20A
3) TV and Room Receptacles - 20A
4) Sewage Pump Dedicated - 20A
5) Bathroom and Bar Receptacles - 20A
6) Refrigerator Dedicated - 20A
7) Microwave Dedicated - 20A

Your thoughts/recommendations?

Thanks!

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Old 04-20-2013, 09:26 AM   #2
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I only have 7 empty slots in my circuit panel...
Of those OTHER circuits... how many are already allocated to the basement?
lighting? receptacle? appliances? whatever else?

I would be VERY surprised in you don't have at least 3.

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Your thoughts/recommendations?
If you really need more breaker space... add a sub panel.

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I believe you'll find the bathroom needs it's own 20 amp circut. Ok to have the bathroom lights and outlets on the same circut. Outlet needs to be GFI.
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Hello Tarheel/Terp. I'm a Terp also...my oldest son is a Junior at College Park now. I take it you must have gotten your undergrad at UNC and Masters at Maryland?

Thanks for your response and questions. Yes, I have a few circuits already dedicated to the basement. One dedicated to the Well pump. One dedicated to the Hot Water Heater. One dedicated to the Furnace and one dedicated to the basement lights.

The only one I would feel comfortable tapping in to is the basement lights as it still has plenty of load capacity...under 600 total watts on it now.

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The only one I would feel comfortable tapping...
It's not about tapping... it's about breaker space.
In addition to that L circuit I'm certain there is also a R circuit.
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Hello JoeCaption,
Thanks. Yes, the only bathroom receptacle is GFI...I just hate the idea of 1 outlet that won't even be used that much eating up an entire circuit.

I'll calculate putting the entire bathroom (lights and outlet) on the same circuit...should be doable load wise.
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Hi TarheelTerp,

The only two receptacles in the unfinished basement today is the one the well pump is plugged into (connected to the dedicated well pump breaker) and a GFI receptacle under the breaker panels that is connected to the outside receptacles breaker.

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I'd put in a sub-panel for the finished basement leaving 5 available slots in your main panel.

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