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I'm in the process of finishing my basement and i've been tracing some wiring to see what's on each breaker. Few questions:

Two owners before us there was an elderly woman who had a chair lift going up the stairs. There is a 14-3 wire going to this plug on the landing on a 15 amp double pole breaker (i believe that's the term). why would they run a 14-3 on a 15amp breaker for just that? What is the benefit of the 14-3 in this case?

We have a new high efficiency furnace (60,000btu - smaller furnace). what size wire & breaker should it be on?

Thanks for the help, i'm sure i'll have more questions soon.
 

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i just realized i should check if the smoke detector at the top of the stairs is hard wired, because the 14-3 might be used to get power there correct?

What i wanted to do was remove the 14-3 all together and fish some 14-2 up to the stairwell plug and also power a few potlights on the same circuit. It's taking up a lot of room on the panel for what seems like one plug.
 

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i just realized i should check if the smoke detector at the top of the stairs is hard wired, because the 14-3 might be used to get power there correct?

What i wanted to do was remove the 14-3 all together and fish some 14-2 up to the stairwell plug and also power a few potlights on the same circuit. It's taking up a lot of room on the panel for what seems like one plug.
Is it a single or duplex receptacle at the top of the stairs?
 

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Be careful when you take it apart it could be a MWBC I would make sure the breaker is off when digging into this.
 

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i took the plate off the receptacle and there is a black, red, white and ground as suspected. Only one 14-3 coming in, nothing going out. The red and black are each on their own screw, the white on the other side (silver) and ground is grounded. So i think i might just rip this wire right out and fish up a new 14-2 to that receptacle and also wire a few potlights on the same circuit. I'll need to be positive there is nothing else on the existing 14-3 line first.
 
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