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Old 12-27-2010, 08:22 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I am in the midst of a kitchen reno and want to replace an existing receptacle that is wired with 12/3 aluminum and fed from a double 15a breaker (with tied handles).

I would like to change this to a pair of gfci receptacles (one on either side of a sink). My question is what wires should I run and can somebody point me to a wiring diagram? I am confused by some posts I've read and believe I need 12/3 copper from the panel to the first receptacle and 12/2 copper from the first receptacle to the second?

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Are you in Canada?
Are you running new wires?

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Yes in Ontario and running new wires...
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Yes in Ontario and running new wires...
Running 12/3 aluminum from ganged 15 amp breakers was code acceptable in Ontario during the 70's.

Presently, the code requires that a receptacle within 5 feet of a sink is to be GFCI protected.
You can use ganged GFCI breakers, however these are expensive.
The code now allows 2-20 amp receptacles to be installed if they are closer than 5 feet to the sink.
They are fed from a single pole, 20 amp breaker, on 12/2 (copper)Romex that terminates on the LINE terminals of a 20 amp GFCI.
The second receptacle is a standard 20 amp one, that is fed by 12/2(copper) that is fed from the LOAD terminals of the GFCI.
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