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interplexr 05-31-2009 07:46 PM

Kitchen wiring issues
 
I'm redoing our kitchen and am bringing our electrical up to code. Originally the microwave was tapped off a bathroom circuit which also feeds the lights in the kitchen which is all on a 15A circuit. The 6 receptacles were split between 2 20A circuits.

I have split up the receptacles so there are now 3 20A circuits with GFCI receptacles except the fridge receptacle which is just a standard receptacle. I pulled a new 20A circuit to the microwave as well.

I have a couple questions about the old bathroom circuit. I wanted to keep the existing bathroom circuit wiring that feeds the lights in the kitchen. To do this I need to keep a junction box in the wall but this will wind up being behind the microwave once it's mounted above the stove. Do I need move this box or get rid of it and run a new circuit for the lights in the kitchen?

I'd appreciate any input.

Thanks!

Scuba_Dave 05-31-2009 07:57 PM

To bring up to current code the bathroom power should not feed anything else. A bathroom circuit can feed outlest in that bathroom & other bathrooms, or it can feed everything in the bathroom

If the microwave is fixed in a place then I think you need to run a new circuit. A junction box must be readily accessible, that means you do not need any tools to access the box (except to unscrew the cover)
You are required by code to have 2 20a kitchen countertop circuits
Since you have (3) you could use power from the 3rd "extra" circuit for the lights.
Or tap into another circuity that is not used much

220/221 05-31-2009 08:04 PM

Quote:

Do I need move this box or get rid of it and run a new circuit for the lights in the kitchen?

Move it up to the cabinet above the micro next to your micro recep.

JB's must be accessible....stuff happens. Behind a built in micro is not.


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