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Old 11-01-2007, 12:58 PM   #1
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I am getting ready to wire in the receptacles in my basement finish out. Is it ok to run 12 wire to a receptacle from the breaker box and then 14 wire from that receptacle to teh next on ein the circuit? My original idea was to have 12 wire feeding that receptacle due to the chance of using it in the future for a small appliance (heater or frige), so I ran the 12 wire to it and want to run 14 from it to the rest of the recepticles on that circuit.

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Depends on what size breaker you have. If it's 20 amp, you must run 12 or bigger for the complete circuit.
If it's 15 amp you can do what you said. But not a good idea.

Save yourself some work later on and run 20 amp circuits in your basement. Use #12 AWG. Try to use conduit not Romex if you can and buy good quality receptacles.

Just remember 15 amp breaker is #14 no smaller and 20 amp is #12 no smaller.

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Old 11-01-2007, 01:55 PM   #3
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If he's doing a trimout on a basement, why in the world would he want to run EMT? Does he live in Chicago???
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I am getting ready to wire in the receptacles in my basement finish out. Is it ok to run 12 wire to a receptacle from the breaker box and then 14 wire from that receptacle to teh next on ein the circuit? My original idea was to have 12 wire feeding that receptacle due to the chance of using it in the future for a small appliance (heater or frige), so I ran the 12 wire to it and want to run 14 from it to the rest of the recepticles on that circuit.

Thanks for the help!
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What guage you feed with is WHAT you continue with.

THE HEATER OR FRIDGE MUST BE ON ITS OWN CIRCUIT... meaning figure out where you want to put it and install the box and plug for it.

By code you CANNOT branch from a receptacle to feed a fridge, and for a heater... depends if your doing baseboard (feed dedicated), space heater (just plug into any plug).

The point is if you want plugs down there go with 12/2 and continue with that. AND if you want a fridge install a DEDICATED 14/2 to that plug
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Old 11-03-2007, 06:57 AM   #5
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Whereare you from DIY4, I need to get in a habit of asking everybody that . My name and location are located so I hope every one knows the info I give is out of the National Electric Code.
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