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205bhamjim 01-19-2010 04:36 PM

garage / bedroom wiring code question
I need to accomplish two things, (1) run a new 20 amp circuit to our bedroom due to my wife's 1800 watt hair dryer (running on a 15 amp now), (2) provide a power source to my garage door openers. As the garage door opener is right below our bedroom, I'd like to run the new 20 amp circuit (12/2 wire) two a junction box near the openers, run it from the box to the new bedroom outlet for her hair dryer, then run wires out of the box for outlets to service the garage openers. It is very unlikely that openers and dryer will be running at the same time, so I'm not worried about overload. My question is it a code violation to have a circuit in the basement route power to an outlet on the main floor. Thanks in advance...JC

Scuba_Dave 01-19-2010 05:13 PM

A garage circuit needs to be GFCI protected
A bedroom circuit needs to be AFCI protected
So you would need an AFCI breaker on this circuit & a GFCI outlet for the garage door opener

I'm not sure if the garage door opener will cause the AFCI to kick off

codeone 01-19-2010 08:24 PM


Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 385779)
I'm not sure if the garage door opener will cause the AFCI to kick off

This should not be a problem.:no:

205bhamjim 01-20-2010 09:36 AM

thanks guys. JC

205bhamjim 01-20-2010 09:55 AM

little more follow up on reply.
Could I just use the one standard AFCI circuit for garage and bedroom hair dryer outlet? Since the one bedroom outlet is the end of the line, I could add a GFCI outlet (as there is no water etc near by it is not really needed). Any code issues with having a circuit sharing a garage and bedroom?

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