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Old 04-12-2012, 08:17 PM   #16
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That is a 12/20 panel. The bottom eight spaces will accept tandem breakers.

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Speedy Petey, you mustn't have girls that run electric heaters and use hair dryers and curling irons.
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Or a wife that insists on being able to plug in a heater and one of those large hair dryers at the same time.
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That is a 12/20 panel. The bottom eight spaces will accept tandem breakers.
Thanks speedy. We never trip breakers and have mixed wiring. My house was built in the 20's and it seems like the previous HO ran stuff everywhere. Lots of junctions and breakers that have multiple lights, outlets, appliances. I guess that's how they did back in the day. We did a lot of work in the last 4 years.
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Speedy Petey, you mustn't have girls that run electric heaters and use hair dryers and curling irons.
Actually I do.
I added a receptacle for my daughter in her room for getting ready. It is not even dedicated, it's off the room's circuit.
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Or a wife that insists on being able to plug in a heater and one of those large hair dryers at the same time.
That will trip any breaker, even a brand new dedicated 20A line.

We are not crazy/desperate enough to run space heaters, even though the heating system in my home is not what you'd call optimal.
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Thanks again. I need to bring this post back because I had one more question. I ran 14/2 wire for a few outlets from the junction which has 12/2 wire on a 20amp breaker. This is dedicated breaker for my attic. Basically the only thing on it is 2 lights and 4 outlets. I read where going from 12/2 wire to 14/2 wire on a 20amp breaker could be a fire hazard if something plugged in draws too much. Is this true? Someone suggested changing out the breaker to 15amp. Thanks.
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The 20 amp breaker would not trip in time to protect the 14 gauge wire. You can change the breaker to a 15 amp and loose 1/4 of the circuit capacity or change the #14 to #12.
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That is a 12/20 panel. The bottom eight spaces will accept tandem breakers.
Pete, will the beaker I'm pointing to in the picture on previous page accept a tandem. I didn't get to it yet but the way the spaces are numbered and how it looks on the panel doesn't make sense. Not sure if the breaker I want to switch is considered on of the bottom 8. Thanks for you help.
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Any position below the top two breakers will accept a tandem breaker.

Look at the label, any space with only one number is not a tandem. spaces with two numbers will accept tandems.
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That will trip any breaker, even a brand new dedicated 20A line.

We are not crazy/desperate enough to run space heaters, even though the heating system in my home is not what you'd call optimal.
Been lucky so far with the bathroom rewire lighting on one circuit shared with kitchen hallway and laundry room lighting and a dedicated 20 amp circuit for next to the sink. But it's not a large space heater just enough to take the chill off when she takes a shower.

Before this there was all that lighting along with receptacles in bathroom one whole bedroom on one 15 amp circuit. Now to find an good and safe way to have our bedroom on it's own circuit instead of being tied to the living room and dining room and our upgrade will be complete.
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Pete, will the beaker I'm pointing to in the picture on previous page accept a tandem. I didn't get to it yet but the way the spaces are numbered and how it looks on the panel doesn't make sense. Not sure if the breaker I want to switch is considered on of the bottom 8. Thanks for you help.
Take the tape off the panel and see what is embedded in the cover for numbers. I think the top four spaces have been cheated.
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Take the tape off the panel and see what is embedded in the cover for numbers. I think the top four spaces have been cheated.
I think your right. Will do. This might be why I was confused. The previous homeowner must have done this. Could this potentially be a fire hazard? I've been in this house since 2006 and haven't had any issues with blowing fuses.

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