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Old 10-13-2010, 08:45 AM   #16
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Sorry for not making sense. I guess it really doesn't matter then and is it not relevant.

Basically I am doing the outlets/switches then someone else is going to put the breakers in.

I was just asking if I should connect all the outlets/switches then have them put the breakers in and turn them on or have him put the breakers in, keep them off and then I can connect the outlets later.

I am aware that I can keep the breakers off and install the outlets, but the other way there is no worry about power to them.

Sorry for any problem, I just wanted to see what/how everyone did it.

And about the 15A outlets on the 12/2 circuit.
oh, and I am in the U.S. of A

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As long as you have more than one outlet on a circuit (and a duplex outlet counts as 2), you can put 15A outlets on a 20A circuit.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:55 AM   #18
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Sorry for not making sense. I guess it really doesn't matter then and is it not relevant.

Basically I am doing the outlets/switches then someone else is going to put the breakers in.
Just make sure to leave enough wire in the panel. It looks way more professional if the wires are bent in straight lines with 90 degree angles rather than being randomly stuck in.

You should probably leave enough wire so that they extend past the bottom of the panel at least a foot (if they are coming in the top).
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Sorry for any problem, I just wanted to see what/how everyone did it.
don't apologize for a question you feel is valid. Maybe because I do this for a living I just do not think of it the same way you do. When installing hundreds, or even thousands of receps and breakers on single job (yes, seriously), I just don't really give it much thought. You put in what you do when that part of he job comes up.

I would think you might be better off if the breakers are in and terminated (wire connected) before you put the receps in. That way, you can check each recep or circuit as you work through the house. It would allow you to notice a problem then rather than having to troubleshoot a circuit later when everything has been closed up.

just the same caution; a non-contact voltage tester permanently attached to you so you can check each box or device before grabbing a hot wire accidentally. Work safe, electricity isn't very forgiving.

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