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Old 08-24-2015, 01:09 AM   #1
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Want to add another outlet in a bedroom. Will not be running a new circuit for this outlet, run off the existing outlet circuit in the room. Do I need to check what else is on this line or since it is one outlet can run the new wire from the existing to the new outlet? If it needs to be checked first how could one determine if the additional outlet can be placed on the existing circuit? Thank you.
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Do you have any outlets or switches nearby the place where you want to install a new outlet?
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What is the purpose of the new receptacle ? If it is just adding one for convenience it is one thing, if you are adding a significant load it is another.

It is a good idea to determine the limits of a circuit before adding to it. You can shut that circuit down, then check for the devices that do not have power.

Once you know everything that is on the circuit, you can either make a judgement call or add the wattage of everything on circuit. Don't forget to add temporary loads like vacuums or irons if they are ever plugged into that circuit.

If you are in Canada, you have a limit on the number of receptacles on a circuit.
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If you are in Canada, you have a limit on the number of receptacles on a circuit.
That limit is 12 and includes all receptacles lights and fans.
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existing outlet maybe 8 ft or so. going to check whats on the line first. thanks.
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Outlet is for convenience. will check to see whats on this circuit. thanks.
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If you're on the latest NEC code cycle, you cannot extend a circuit unless it is, or unless you upgrade it to, AFCI.
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