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Old 04-14-2008, 09:12 PM   #1
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A couple of questions for you expert types out there.
First, I did something wrong and want to know if there would be dire concequences. In my kitchen I ran the small appliance circuts 20 amp, 12/2 wire, both GFI protected. However I did run a couple of kitchen light fixtures on one of these circuts. How bad did I do?

The other question is about a dedicated circuit for the microwave. Would this really mean that after buying a reasonably low powered counter top unit,(800 watts), I'm not OK to plug it into my small appliance circut? Please advise.

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Old 04-14-2008, 09:31 PM   #2
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1) Bad enough. Take the lighting off the S-A circuits. Not much more I can say.

2) A counter micro is fine on one of the S-A circuits. When it is fixed in place is when it gets dicey.

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Yeah I was afraid that would be your answer. Just curious though, what is the rational for this code? Is it to help ensure the SA circuits don't get overloaded, or is there another reason?
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Like you suspected, it is to ensure that the circuit does not get overloaded. Besides the bathroom, kitchens use the highest drawing appliances like toasters, toaster ovens, etc.
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