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Old 06-13-2008, 06:14 AM   #1
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I'm sort of a novice electrician but I've snapped breakers in and out before. I'd like to wire a dedicated GFCI to my bathroom. I have a newer 200 amp service panel in my 1940's house but a lot of the wiring is still old. I just tore down my bathroom and there's a big junction behind the wall that feeds about 6 bedroom wall outlets, 1 GFCI outlet (that some electrician just tied in without grounding) and a wall light in the bathroom. This is all on a 20 amp circuit. I figured while I had the wall down, I might as well take the bathroom GFCI off the circuit and maybe pull a new one just for that.

So I was gonna put in one 20amp breaker into the panel, pull the romex up to the GFCI outlet and then maybe tie in a new bathroom fan. I figured a 20 amp could handle the load. Does this sound ok to you guys?

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I'm sort of a novice electrician but I've snapped breakers in and out before. I'd like to wire a dedicated GFCI to my bathroom. I have a newer 200 amp service panel in my 1940's house but a lot of the wiring is still old. I just tore down my bathroom and there's a big junction behind the wall that feeds about 6 bedroom wall outlets, 1 GFCI outlet (that some electrician just tied in without grounding) and a wall light in the bathroom. This is all on a 20 amp circuit. I figured while I had the wall down, I might as well take the bathroom GFCI off the circuit and maybe pull a new one just for that.

So I was gonna put in one 20amp breaker into the panel, pull the romex up to the GFCI outlet and then maybe tie in a new bathroom fan. I figured a 20 amp could handle the load. Does this sound ok to you guys?
Yes. As a matter of fact, bathrooms are required to have a dedicated 20AMP circuit.

But, with regards to that jbox you found, you now must make it so it is accessable (not covered with drywall or anything else). Put a cover on it so you can remove the cover to get to it.

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Actually, it's a junction box/light box so all I have to do is remove the wall light.

Speaking of lights... why is it that all the lights I've ever bought mention being wired to a 15 amp circuit? I have this can light that says it right now. Some electricians that I've talked to say that putting them on a 20 amp circuit is fine.
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Actually, it's a junction box/light box so all I have to do is remove the wall light.

Speaking of lights... why is it that all the lights I've ever bought mention being wired to a 15 amp circuit? I have this can light that says it right now. Some electricians that I've talked to say that putting them on a 20 amp circuit is fine.
There is no problem with putting them on a 20. 15 is probably the minimum (can't go any lower than that anyways)
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