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sweaty 07-31-2011 07:30 AM

Wiring For Renovated Kitchen and Baths
I have an all-original 1977 house- a small, two story house with full basement, 3 bedrooms, and 3.5 baths. It has a new 200A Square D Homeline service panel with 40 slots. There are about 5 empty ones.

In the kitchen, we'll add under-cabinet lighting and a built-in microwave. What are the requirements?

We'll renovate each bath. Should I run a separate 20A circuit to each one? Is it hard to run wires up two floors?

gregzoll 07-31-2011 09:42 AM

Microwave needs to be on its own circuit, under counter lighting can come off of the existing lighting circuit for the kitchen. As for the bath, lighting can come off of existing lighting circuit, but yes if you want, you could wire each bath on each floor on its own circuit.

oh'mike 07-31-2011 10:10 AM

1977--Before you start pulling new wires---check and see what circuits are in place already---

An electrician will be along soon that will tell you the required number and what the must be dedicated to.

New code does require a dedicated line for the microwave.

joed 07-31-2011 10:44 AM

Bath requires receptacles to be on 20 amp circuits. There are two options.
1. 20 amp circuit that serves only the bathroom. Can have other stuff in the bathroom on it.
2. 20 amp circuit that only serves receptacles and can serve more than one bathroom.

sweaty 08-02-2011 05:35 PM

For the kitchen, all cabinets, countertops, sink, faucet, range, and floor will be replaced. A built-in microwave above the range will be added. For the bathrooms, toilets, sinks, vanities, floor, and tub will be replaced.

Receptacles and plumbing will not be changed. But I would like to add all circuits necessary to bring it up to code.

Do you suggest to get a permit? I do not want my taxes raised, but want the job done right and no problems when I eventually sell.

gregzoll 08-02-2011 05:49 PM

If you are doing a total renovation of the bath, kitchen and else where, the electrical needs to be brought up to code, and plumbing should be corrected, especially if the home has galvanized piping for potable water. If Copper, inspection for poor joints need to be done, and drainage needs to be checked to make sure not rotting if Copper or Cast Iron. Also, insulation in the walls & ceiling should be brought up to more modern standards, and if able to afford windows, do it while the walls are open.

Your taxes are only really going to get raised if for one the market changes to the better, or the city decides they need more money in the coffers. As for a permit, some areas require for renovations. Mine does not, unless I change the structure, as in add a room, or tear something down like a garage.

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