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Old 12-20-2009, 10:07 AM   #31
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Change the breakers. The HI report says the breakers are oversized for the wire. it doesn't say the wire is undersized for a bathroom circuit.

Exactly - the HI did not chase the issue down to any further detail that what was obvious visually - that being the oversized breakers for the wire in the panel. Change the breakers and only go further if it continues to be a problem for the sale... I am betting it will not. IMHO.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:23 PM   #32
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[QUOTE=Scuba_Dave;369617]Yes - but the renovation changed that
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The only way a renovation, in my area, would require you to upgrade a bathroom from an old code is building a new bathroom.
A renovation in itself has many meanings.
I renovated my bathrooms by replacing the floor coverings, painting the walls, and adding new vanities.
Would that require me to update any elecrtical codes in my house?
Nope!
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I went ahead and changed out the 20A breakers with 15A breakers today. My thinking was the following...

1. The doorbell transformer was the only thing on one of those circuits, and it had 14 awg wires molded into it. There was no reason for it to be on a 20A breaker and the wire was undersized for the breaker. No brainer.

2. The bathroom circuit was on 14 awg wire, so it was obviously meant to be a 15A circuit when it was installed. It is actually dangerous to have the 14 awg wire on the 20A breaker because the wire could overheat before the breaker tripped. If the circuit was installed when the house was built in '71, it met code. If it was installed during the renovation, it still may have met code because Kentucky tends to lag in adoption of the NEC. So if the change was made to the 1999 code, the 15A circuit may have met the adopted code of Kentucky at the time of the renovation.

I appreciate all of the advice and opinions guys.
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Electrician came today to follow up on the home inspection. The only thing he pointed out that needed to be fixed was a couple of missing rubber grommets for cables entering the panel. He said nothing of the 15A bathroom circuit or the doorbell wire running through the panel. Crisis averted.
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