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01-11-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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## How many outlets exist on a given circuit

Howdy,
I'm not an electrician, not going to do any electrical work. I'm trying to determine whether I need to have an electrician come in and add more circuits or if I can just be smart about my current resources. This is in an existing commercial building, that has had several remodels done to the interior. I want to know if we are under-wired (if thats the correct term). So the questions I have are:

1. Is there a way to determine what outlets exist on the same circuit without throwing the breaker and plugging something in to each outlet on the floor?

2. Is it watts or amps that I count for total consumption on a circuit to make sure I'm not overloaded? If so, how many of whatever measurement should I limit each circuit to?

Sorry if the nomenclature is bad. I'll try to clear up if I have misspoken.

01-11-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
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 Originally Posted by gcdcpakmbs I'm trying to determine whether I need to have an electrician come in and add more circuits...This is in an existing commercial building...
commercial uses have a limit of # of outlets per circuit.
therefore... expect to add circuits is you need more outlets

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 1. Is there a way to determine what outlets exist on the same circuit without throwing the breaker... Not really. 2. Is it watts or amps that I count for total consumption on a circuit to make sure I'm not overloaded? watts/outlet @volts = amps

 01-11-2012, 04:23 PM #3 retired elect/hvac/plumb     Join Date: Jan 2010 Location: south east of omaha/The island of misfit contractors Posts: 2,921 Rewards Points: 2,020 What is the building being used for? That would be the deciding factor for amount of power/number of plugs needed. Last time i checked there was no minimum number of plugs required in a commercial room or bay other than a plug under service panel if thats all youre using

01-11-2012, 08:09 PM   #4

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 Originally Posted by plummen ........... other than a plug under service panel if thats all youre using
A receptacle under a panel is NOT required. It's just very common.
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 01-11-2012, 09:44 PM #5 retired elect/hvac/plumb     Join Date: Jan 2010 Location: south east of omaha/The island of misfit contractors Posts: 2,921 Rewards Points: 2,020 Thats the fi8rst place our inspectors always look for a plug whether its an unfinished basement or an open bay,maybe its just the easiest/most obvious place to install one.

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