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Old 11-02-2008, 01:13 PM   #1
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When laying out 2 outlet circuits in the kitchen, should the recepticles alternate around the room A B A B or should half the room be circuit A and the other half B?

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When laying out 2 outlet circuits in the kitchen, should the recepticles alternate around the room A B A B or should half the room be circuit A and the other half B?

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Doesn't really matter, because you are unlikely to load a single circuit to capacity at any given time, but I understand why you ask. Seems like you would use about twice as much wire going ABABAB.

Just let one circuit cover each countertop.

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I prefer ABBA

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I prefer ABBA

Haha, nice Speedy Petey!

My kitchen has one 20 amp circuit covering half the counters and the other 20 amp circuit covering the other half. Split right down the middle of the kitchen on either side of the walking area. It would require a lot less wire to split it half and half verses every other like you are proposing to do. Unless you use 12/3 and run that around the kitchen from outlet to outlet and alternate using the black and red power wires in each outlet box. In this case you'd need a double pole 20 amp circuit breaker, and the white neutral wire must be pigtailed in each outlet box.
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When laying out 2 outlet circuits in the kitchen, should the recepticles alternate around the room A B A B or should half the room be circuit A and the other half B?

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Rob

Thats way too much work, just make sure you have two 20 amp circuits serving the countertop and your good, they also are required to be GFCI protected.
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Thanks all... I'll go for splitting the room in half... I like the Bee Gees but don't know how to work that in.

Note: I did run a 12-3 through my work shop and wired the top terminal black and bottom red, (breaking off the hot side tab on the receptalce, but leaving nuetral connected) to give me choices when hooking up shop tools.

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