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Old 01-04-2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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I have a laundry room wall that is about 4-1/2' long and the door swings against it. I really don't want to put a receptacle on this wall if I don't have to. Since this is not a general purpose room, am I still required to have a receptacle on every wall greater than 2 feet?

From what I can gather from NEC about laundry rooms, all receptacles should be on a 20 Amp GFCI circuit. Can the laundry room lights be on this circuit also?

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The lighting cannot be on the 20 amp laundry circuit.

You do not need to meet the 6/12 receptacle spacings of a habitable room.

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Is the laundry circuit required to be dedicated to the washer & dryer or can it be shared? I do dedicated only.

The lighting can be on another circuit with outlets, so long as its not the laundry circuit, right?
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I believe you are not required to put a receptacle on that wall as it is not a kitchen, bed, living, den office or other similar room.

E3901.2 General purpose receptacle distribution. In every kitchen, family room, dining room, living room, parlor, library, den, sun room, bedroom, recreation room, or similar room or area of dwelling units, receptacle outlets shall be installed in accordance with the general provisions specified in Sections E3901.2.1 through E3901.2.3 (see Figure E3901.2).


E3901.8 Laundry areas. At least one receptacle outlet shall be installed to serve laundry appliances.

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Washer/dryer receptacle only. Other recepticles on another circuit. All GFI.
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Washer/dryer receptacle only. Other recepticles on another circuit. All GFI.
Sorry Bob. Wrong on both counts.

The "laundry" circuit CAN feed any and all receptacles in a "laundry" room if desired.
And the only reason they need GFI protection is if they are within 6' of a laundry sink.

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210.52(F) Laundry Areas. In dwelling units, at least one receptacle outlet shall be installed for the laundry.
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This is what the note on my drawing reads....

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PROVIDE AT LEAST ONE 20 AMP BRANCH CIRCUIT TO SUPPLY LAUNDRY
RECEPTACLE OUTLETS. SUCH CIRCUIT SHALL HAVE NO OTHER OUTLETS. (CEC
210.11(C)(2))


The CEC pretty much follows the NEC verbatum....so as I understand the above, my laundry room has to have 'at least one' dedicated 20a ckt and nothing else can be on it....

So, next month when I start running wire, I was going to run a dedicated 20a ckt for just the washer and dryer....and then put in a second GFI protected outlet for misc use (like the iron...so the wife and do her wifely duties)
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You need the 20 amp circuit dedicated to just receptacle(s) in the laundry area but other receptacles fed by other circuits can also be in that area.

Hint: "Have no other outlets" includes "have no light fixtures".
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Actually, now I'm confused. According to code, can all of the receptacles in the laundry room be on the same 20 amp circuit?
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Actually, now I'm confused. According to code, can all of the receptacles in the laundry room be on the same 20 amp circuit?
The quote in #7 answers this question !
Nothing else on 20a circuit !
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The quote in #7 answers this question !
Nothing else on 20a circuit !
In other words, if you want another outlet....that is another ckt.

The way I understand it...they assume a typical washer and dryer (gas) running at the same time are pretty much going to max out a 20a ckt. Hence, nothing else on it. Which makes good sense to me.
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What about if you ran a larger circuit say 30a ?
Could you then have the 20a outlet,
And also another recetticule as well ?
Or is there more to it ?


Also what day is it now for you guys in the USA ?
It is saterday morning 9.04am for me here in Australia.
I am tring to work out, if time wise, you are ahead or behind.

I note the last repy said 10 pm
which day ?
Saturday or friday ?
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What about if you ran a larger circuit say 30a ?
Could you then have the 20a outlet,
And also another recetticule as well ?
Or is there more to it ?


Also what day is it now for you guys in the USA ?
It is saterday morning 9.04am for me here in Australia.
I am tring to work out, if time wise, you are ahead or behind.

I note the last repy said 10 pm
which day ?
Saturday or friday ?
You can't feed a 20a outlet with a 30a line....

We are behind you.....it's Friday, 6:14pm right now in Montreal Canada where I am freezing my ass off....or, about 3:14 in Los Angeles where I will be tomorrow by this time.
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What about if you ran a larger circuit say 30a ?
Could you then have the 20a outlet,
And also another recetticule as well ?
Or is there more to it ??
You would need a subpanel at the end of that 30 amp feed with a 20 amp branch subcircuit for at least one laundry area receptacle. And, since the (30 amp) main panel feed in question must serve the laundry area receptacle(s) exclusively, that subpanel can serve nothing but other laundry area receptacles (using additional 15 or 20 amp breakers). Serious overkill.
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Actually, now I'm confused. According to code, can all of the receptacles in the laundry room be on the same 20 amp circuit?
Absolutely, YES.

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